- 31st March, 2016 | 2347 views
Rick Ross comes to Birmingham
Rick Ross the self proclaimed “Boss” returns to Birmingham for a one off show this weekend Saturday 2nd April and it is set to be the hip hop event of the year with support from French Montana and YG.
Rapper Rick Ross was born William Leonard Roberts II in Coahoma County, Mississippi, on January 28, 1976. Raised in Carol City, Florida-an impoverished area of north of Miami-Ross always gravitated to the music of street-oriented rappers like Notorious B.I.G., Luther Campbell, Ice Cube and Tupac Shakur. Although he attended Georgia’s Albany State University on a football scholarship for a year, Ross started writing rap lyrics romanticizing the money gained from dealing drugs, an act that he saw as a child.
He lifted his performing name, Rick Ross, from hearing stories of a drug trafficker named “Freeway” Rick Ross. Ironically, Ross worked as a corrections officer in Florida for almost two years, but the lure of hip-hop music and the lavish lifestyle of the drug dealers he saw throughout his youth led him in another direction. He was eventually signed to a southern independent rap label, Suave House Records, which also released music by popular underground rap duo 8Ball & MJG. Ross later signed a contract with Miami-based record label Slip-N-Slide, which released music by hip-hop favorites like Trick Daddy-whom Ross would later tour with-and female rapper Trina.
The first single from Ross, “Hustlin’,” became a smash hit, due to the hypnotic line “Every day I’m hustling” repeated throughout the song. The single was eventually certified gold, an impressive feat for a brand new recording artist. The song sparked a bidding war between multiple rap labels looking for their next superstar. Def Jam Records, headed by executive Jay-Z, won the battle, signing Ross to a highly publicized record deal.
Ross debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Albums Chart with his premiere album, Port of Miami, in 2006. His sophomore album, Trilla (2008)-named as a tribute to his idol Michael Jackson’s popular album Thriller (1982)-also debuted at No. 1. With his success, Ross became more of a presence on the tour circuit and in the press. He began to write, perform and collaborate with a wide range of popular acts including Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Flo-Rida, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and several others. Ross released the mix tape Rich Forever to critical acclaim in 2012 which helped him become one of the biggest rappers of this generation.
Despite his success, Ross has never been far from controversy from attempted drive by shootings which saw his car crash into an apartment ( Ross was unhurt) to feuds with 50 cents. The battle with 50 which has since resurfaced was sparked in 2009 when Ross believed 50 look at him funny at BET concert. In late January, “Mafia Music”, by Ross, leaked onto the Internet. There were several lines that seemed to diss 50 Cent. Days later, 50 Cent released “Officer Ricky (Go Head, Try Me)” in response to Ross’s disparaging remarks on his “Mafia Music” song. Battle tracks went back and forth and there is still a simmering beef going on.
Ross performs at the 02 Academy Saturday 2nd April and his latest album Black Market hits stores in July
Myyst hosts a massive BMF (Blowin’ money fast) party after the concert for those who want to continue the vibes. Get more info here