Rick Ross Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Rick Ross is called the leading man, undefined rapper, an expert when it comes to what he does best - songwriting. In this generation of rap and R&B, he is popularly known as Rick Ross, but his real name is William Leonard Roberts II. He stepped into the limelight as the leading man of Hip Hop.
This Haitian rapper was first seen in the world on January 28, 1976. He was raised in a depleted environment of Carol City, Florida. Ross later grew up under the influence of rap tradition. This was the time where Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G cleared the nation with their rap hits.
Rightly known by his name Ricky Ross, he once formed his rapping group in the 90s. The Carol City Cartel opened to him a gate and was signed to a small label Suave House Records. This is also where 8Ball and MJG used to record their songs.
As I am writing now, Rick Ross is one of the most respectable American rap artists as well as record label owner. Up to now, Robert has successfully come up with six studio albums. Ross is also the founder of the renowned Maybach Music Group. To make the group more active, Robert opted to join membership with Meek Mill, Wale, and French Montana.
Ross dropped out of college for nothing else than to pursue his rapping dreams. He aimed to become a renowned rap artist at a younger age. It wasn’t easy since he went and involved himself with dealers. You can’t blame him at this point since it was the kind of society he grew up in.
Before engaging himself in his first rapping deal, Rick Ross got a correctional officer occupation for some time. That's a thing that he has been ridiculed for some time in the media due to his drug trafficking history. He was lucky to launch his first single album ‘Hustling’ which gave him a chance to sign a future partnership with Jay-Z Def Records. He also had an opportunity to work with various rap and R&B artists such as Ne-Yo, Flo-Rida, Diddy, R-Kelly and other prominent artists.
Rick Ross was overwhelmed when Slip-n-Slide Records noticed his childhood talent. Without further ado, they signed him to a long-term contract. With an extinguished record house, Ross became aware of Hip-Hop pros like Trina and Trick Daddy. After that, Ross became a featured guest on various mixtapes and albums. He once received a promotion when he was invited to Trick Daddy’s Concerts.
In 2006, Rick Ross became the father of rap music, all thanks to his penning the song “Hustling.” It tremendously created an abide war between record officials. Starting from P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and others. All he wanted to get is his talented theme. As stated above, Jay-Z closed the deal with a good ransom. That is when Ross managed to sell millions of copies as well as “Hustling” ringtones. In fact, the song was number 11 in the U.S only. Now you can imagine how much he made for a single record.
With the mentioned big single, Rick Ross later launched a “Port of Miami” album. That was in August the same year. The debut managed to be on the number one song on the Hot 200 chart. Therefore he sold over 189,000 copies in the first few weeks only. While still on tour; he managed to launch a second album named “Trilia” in 2008. He later escorted it with “Speeding” and “The Boss.”
From 2009 to 2013, Rick Ross managed to receive four BET Awards. One was for Best Collaboration that was shared with Lil Wayne and Drake. The second was Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Third and fourth was also for Best Male Hip-Hop.
In 2010, he received Award for Track of The Year, Best Club Ranger, and CD of The Year and MVP of the Year. From 2006 to 2013 Ross also garnered several awards such as Hustler and Album of The Year; Best Collabo, Group or Duo Award; MVP of the Year for “Bugatti” and much more.
Health and Personal Life
Rick Ross unpredictable lifestyle has led him to face the wrath of authorities. Not only that, but he also had severe health problems such as having seizures recently. He comes with a good heart that has allowed him to raise lots of money for charity. But his reckless life led him to troubles with authorities.
Several allegations followed him like marijuana possessions, having a gun illegally and other assaults. His net worth slowed down a bit due to his previous repercussion. However, he recently opted to lose some pounds which he did magnificently.
In the process, he has lost 75 pounds to save his life after he was diagnosed with a seizure. When it comes to a relationship, Ross has been involved with a limited number of women. Some of the lists of his previous girlfriends include Elsie Neal, Shateria Moragne, and others.
Rise to Stardom
Rick Ross wasn’t born rich, but he now has a luxurious kind of life. MTV defines him as the Hottest MC in the rapping game. For the previous three years, Ross has earned over $6 million to $8 million annually. He has also managed to start his company the Maybach Music Group. This has given him a chance to have a leading lifestyle such as owning a luxury mansion worth millions of dollars. He also drives expensive high-end cars such as Cadillac Escalade, Infinity Q56 and much more. He too loves out of world jewelry and tattoos.