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Rick Ross      

Rapper & Founder of the Maybach Music Group

William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper. He derived his stage name from the drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky Ross, to whom he has no connection. Ross founded the record label Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums Deeper Than Rap and Teflon Don.

After being signed to Suave House Records, former label for rap duo 8Ball & MJG, he eventually signed a deal with Slip-n-Slide Records, which has been under the Def Jam umbrella since 2006. His debut album Port of Miami, was released in August 2006 and debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with sales at 187,000 units its first week.

Port of Miami received gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on November 8, 2006. In March 2008, his second album Trilla was released and, as its predecessor Port of Miami had, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. Its lead single "Speedin'" featuring R. Kelly peaked at No. 121 on the Billboard Hot 100; the next one, "The Boss" featuring T-Pain peaked at No. 17 on the Hot 100.

Rick Ross released his fourth studio album entitled Teflon Don, on July 6, 2010. The lead is "Super High" featuring Ne-Yo. A second official single was released titled "Live Fast, Die Young" which features and is produced by Kanye West. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 selling 176,000 copies in its first week.

Rick Ross performed at BET Awards 2011 and received a nomination for Best Male Hip Hop Artist. In early 2012, Ross was named the Hottest MC in the Game.

Ross' fifth studio album, God Forgives, I Don't, was originally scheduled to be released on December 13, 2011, though it was later delayed to July 31, 2012. He premiered two singles from the album, "You the Boss" and "I Love My Bitches," though they were not featured on the official tracklisting.

As of December 2012, he is working on his sixth studio album. On January 7, 2013, he revealed the title of his sixth album to be Mastermind.


Rapper Rick Ross Signs With ICM Partners - The Hollywood Reporter

Rick Ross has signed with ICM Partners for representation in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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