Rick Ross: biography
The American rapper Rick Ross was famous not only for hits, which immediately took a leading position in the music charts of America after the release. He is a creator of a record label Maybach Music Group, an executive director and manages to do business.
The real name of the hip hop artist is William Leonard Roberts II. He was born in late January 1976 in Miami, Florida, USA. The guy was interested in playing football in high school that allowed him to receive a scholarship from the games to move to Georgia and go to the Albany State University.
In his early years, the biography of the rapper was far from music and he worked as an employee of the correctional institution for a year and a half and did not even dream that once his life will be full of concerts and performances at parties.
The beginning of his music career was in the mid-1990s; the tracks were recorded with the group he created, which was called «Carol City Cartel.» There were five people with Rick there, the guys made up songs and performed in this cast until 2006. Then one of the guys left the team and the rapper decides to rename the team «Triple C's» to add variety to the creativity.
Rick Ross made up a name for himself in the mid-2000s, rather, "borrowed" from the famous drug dealer that he had nothing to do with. And when it was known in the rapper circles that Ross worked in prison as a security guard in his youth, he immediately had the nickname, Officer Ricky.
The rapper's debut album was released in 2006 and immediately reached the top of the American chart. Fans bought 187 thousand copies of records the first week, and the main song Hustlin got a gold award of the RIAA. The album "Trilla" the collection was not long in coming, the audience bought it in 2008.
The big hype around the music of Ross again allowed his new record to rise to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The circulation of 650 thousand exceeded all expectations this time, it dispersed from the shelves very quickly and also received a gold certificate from RIAA. MTV News put Ross on the 4th place on MTV Top 100 Hits of 2008.
Rick's next record «Deeper Than Rap» was released in 2009. Although the sales were inferior in quantity this time, the disc managed to top several charts, as well as to take the first position on the Billboard 200 chart. And this disc was released under the new label Maybach Music Group, created by the musician in the same period as well as all subsequent albums of Ross.
However, not everything was so smooth in the career of the musician. In 2009, a man started a feud with a famous rapper 50 Cent. He added provocative lines in his track entitled "Mafia Music," which accused the actor of involvement in the arson of his ex-wife.
There was the corresponding reaction soon, the disс from 50 Cent, in which the song contained the words condemning the work of Ross in prison. The last did not stand on ceremony with the opponent and removed a clip on one of the songs from the previous disс, showed a plot on which funerals of the rival are shown.
In 2012, the artist presented the 4th disc «God Forgives I Don’t» to the audience with a total number of sales close to half a million thousand. The track called «100 Black Coffins» was there too. A Grammy-nominated album for Best Rap Album took place a year later. And although the artist was not able to receive the award, it was a big step in his musical career.
That year was remembered in terms of conflicts by the listeners of the musician because he managed to fight with another rapper Young Jeezy. The reason for the conflict lies in the insults that Ross allowed to say to the opponent during the performance. And in 2013, the man was in mortal danger. When returning home at night from the club, the car of the rapper was fired from a nearby car. Rick tried to hide from the attackers but lost control and crashed into a wall. As a result of the collision, no one was seriously hurt.
Over the next few years, Ross recorded three more discs – Mastermind, Hood Billionaire and Black Market. There were different events in the life of a performer at the same time. He starred in a small documentary series and also received punishment in the form of house arrest. He was accused of assault and kidnapping. He had problems with the law before, the rapper was charged with possession of the weapon and drugs, attack and beating of people.
In 2016, the musician shot a video for the song «Purple Lamborghini» which he sang with Skrillex. And there was a song of Rick and Mikhail Shufutinsky «September the 3rd» on YouTube a year before. The Russian listeners appreciated the clip too. The 9th album «Rather You Than Me» appeared in the discography of the artist in 2017.
In March 2018, fans of the rapper found out that he was in the hospital. Ross was found unconscious in his own home in Miami. People said that he was in serious condition and connected to an artificial lung ventilation system.
In 2011, Rick faced this problem. Then he had two heart attacks with a difference of several hours. After that, the rapper took over his health and lost 99 lbs (45 kg) in a short time. The man was quickly discharged this time but the doctors recommended him to pay attention to the way of his life.
Ross had a lot of women. He's got four kids now. The rapper tries to pay attention to everybody. His daughter Toie was born in 2002, her mother is Lastonia Leviston but musician broke up with her shortly after the birth of the first child. The next choice of Rick was Tia Camp, who gave birth to his son in 2005.
Since 2016, the rapper is in a relationship with a girl Briana, she is not his wife, probably the musician did not propose to her. However, in 2017 she gave her beloved the daughter and the son at the end of 2018, who has the original name Billion.
Ross Rick now
Rick continues to write songs, as well as leads "Instagram" actively, where he regularly informs subscribers about upcoming concerts. The artist shows personal photos in fur coats there, expensive cars, among friends and other famous artists. Rick Ross has a net worth of $40 million.
He is also engaged in business development. Today he owns two restaurants.
Besides, the rapper presented the tenth, anniversary album «Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill» in 2019.
- 2006 - «Hustlin»
- 2008 - «Trilla»
- 2009 - «Deeper Than Rap»
- 2012 - «God Forgives I Don’t»
- 2014 - «Mastermind»
- 2014 – «Hood Billionaire»
- 2015 - «Black Market»
- 2017 - «Rather You Than Me»
- 2019 - «Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill»