Ross performing for the Mastermind Tour in June 2014
|Birth name||William Leonard Roberts II|
|Also known as|
|Born||January 28, 1976|
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
|Origin||Carol City, Florida, U.S.|
After releasing his debut single, Hustlin' in 2006, Ross became the subject of a bidding war, receiving offers from Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment and Irv Gotti's Murder Inc., before signing a multimillion dollar deal with Jay Z's Def Jam Records. Ross released his debut album Port Of Miami through the label later that year, debuting at the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, with sales of 187,000 units during the first week. Ross released his second studio album, Trilla in 2008, once again debuting atop the Billboard 200.
Rick Ross founded the record label Maybach Music Group in 2009, on which he released his studio albums Deeper Than Rap (2009), Teflon Don (2010), God Forgives, I Don't (2012), Mastermind, Hood Billionaire (2014), Black Market (2015), and Rather You Than Me (2017). Ross was also the first artist signed to Diddy's management company Ciroc Entertainment. In early 2012, MTV named Ross as the Hottest MC in the Game.
Life and career
1976–2006: Early life and career beginnings
William Leonard Roberts II was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and raised in Carol City, Florida. After graduating from Miami Carol City Senior High School, he attended the historically black college Albany State University on a football scholarship. Roberts worked as a correctional officer for 18 months from December 1995, until his resignation in June 1997.
In his early years at Suave House Records, Roberts initially made his debut under the pseudonym Teflon Da Don. He made his recording debut on the song "Ain't Shhh to Discuss" on Erick Sermon's lone album for DreamWorks, Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis. In the mid-2000s, he changed his name to Rick Ross. He derived his stage name from the former drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross, to whom he has no connection.
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 label since 2006. While signed to Slip-n-Slide, Roberts toured with fellow rapper Trick Daddy and made guest performances on other Slip-n-Slide albums.
2006–2008: Port of Miami and Trilla
His debut album Port of Miami was released in August 2006 and debuted at the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, with sales at 187,000 units during the first week. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine predicted that it would be "the summer's biggest rap record". The second single was "Push It", which samples "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)", the theme song from the gangster film Scarface. The music video for "Push It" was modeled after the film. During that time, Ross made guest performances on two singles from DJ Khaled's debut Listennn... the Album: "Born-N-Raised" and "Holla at Me". 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 number 21 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles; the next one, "The Boss" featuring T-Pain peaked at number 17 on the Hot 100. The third single "Here I Am" featured Nelly and Avery Storm. MTV News ranked Ross on the fourth spot in its 2008 "Hottest MCs in the Game" list among ten rappers. The fourth single "This Is The Life" featured Trey Songz and was released in July.
2009: Deeper Than Rap
I look at the game and the business and all different aspects, it's a lot of great lyricists on the corner that will never properly understand the business and know how to market themselves and get in a position where they can gain capital. I look at all the strategies people use and what made them successful. What made Birdman just as relevant today after selling 50 million records? That intrigues me. To see the class of Jay-Z, his accomplishments and see how he sits backs and accurately makes his moves.
A track from the album called "Valley of Death" was what stood out to MTV reporters. In the song, Ross speaks briefly on his controversial stint as a prison guard. "Keep it trilla, nigga, never had a gun and badge," which he stresses, leaving the word that he was indeed an officer of the law. "Kept a nice watch, smoking on a hundred sack/ Back in the day I sold crack for some nice kicks/ Skippin' school, I saw my friend stabbed with an ice pick/ Can't criticize niggas trying to get jobs/ Better get smart, young brother, live yours." Later, he implies that while he was working as a corrections officer, he was on the streets. "Only lived once and I got two kids/ And for me to feed them, I'll get two gigs," he raps. "I'll shovel shit, I'll C.O./ So we can bow our heads and pray over the meatloaf." Although, he still provided no explanation for lying about being a C.O. to begin with, nor did he explain why he failed to pay child support for his children.
The cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL magazine, titled "Rick Ross Up in Smoke", featured Ross wearing a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses. After publication, a spokesperson for the luxury-goods maker contacted XXL to inform them that Ross was sporting fake sunglasses in the cover image. It was later revealed that the rapper was wearing authentic Louis Vuitton sunglasses which were altered by Jacob Bernstein, known as "The Sunglass Pimp". Bernstein defended his customizations despite Louis Vuitton's insistence that such modification and resale of trademarked property is not legal.
2010–2013: Prime Rick Ross
Ross had a number of accomplishments in 2010. In May, he released the critically acclaimed Albert Anastasia EP. In addition to that, he released his fourth studio album entitled Teflon Don, on July 20, 2010. The lead single was "Super High" featuring Ne-Yo. Actress Stacey Dash made an appearance in the music video. A second official single was released titled "Live Fast, Die Young" which features and is produced by Kanye West. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 selling 176,000 copies in its first week.
In November 2010, rapper and frequent collaborator, Diddy, who in 2009 signed Ross to a management deal with his Ciroc Entertainment, announced from his YouTube account, that he and Ross are working on an EP together. A single was released for the project, called "Another One". Ross ended 2010 by releasing another mixtape, Ashes To Ashes on Christmas Eve 2010.
In early 2011, Rick Ross signed Wale and Meek Mill to his Maybach Music Group imprint. The group released their debut compilation album, Self Made Vol. 1 in May. Rick Ross performed at BET Awards 2011, which aired on June 26, 2011. He also received a nomination for Best Male Hip Hop Artist. In early 2012, Ross was named the Hottest MC in the Game.
Big things were happening for Ross' successful career in 2012 as well. He started the year by premiering his Rich Forever mixtape to universal acclaim. Ross' MMG camp released their second compilation, Self Made Vol. 2 in June 2012. Less than a month later, Ross' fifth studio album, God Forgives, I Don't, was released on July 31, 2012 after a few delays. Upon its release, the album charted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart and number two on the UK R&B Albums Chart, making it Ross's highest-charting album and first top 10 album in the United Kingdom. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 218,000 copies. Ross premiered four songs: "So Sophisticated" featuring Meek Mill, "Touch'N You" featuring Usher, "Hold Me Back", and "3 Kings" featuring Dr. Dre and Jay-Z. The album was certified gold in less than two months. To celebrate his accomplishment and promote his upcoming MMG Tour, Ross released a mixtape, The Black Bar Mitzvah in October. Rick Ross was nominated by The Source as its "Man of the Year".
On January 7, 2013, Ross revealed the title of his sixth album to be Mastermind. The album was set to be released in 2013. The first promotional single from the album would come in the form of "Box Chevy" which was released to iTunes on February 15, 2013. The music video was filmed on April 1, 2013 and features cameos from MMG members Gunplay, Stalley and Rockie Fresh.
During 2008, it was announced that Ross was set to release a collaboration album with his longtime friend Birdman titled The H, but after that, no information on the album was released. On May 16, 2013, Birdman and Rick Ross announced that The H would be released as a mixtape hosted by DJ Khaled on May 23, 2013. The project was recorded during a couple of days in 2008.
On September 5, 2013, Ross premiered the first official single from Mastermind, "No Games" featuring Future produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. The following day, it was released to Urban contemporary radio. It was followed by the singles "The Devil Is A Lie" with Jay-Z and "War Ready" with Jeezy.
2014: Mastermind and Hood Billionaire
Rick Ross released his sixth studio album, Mastermind, in March 2014, the album received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of 179,000 copies. As of April 8, 2014, the album has sold over 290,000 copies in the United States. In June 2014, it was announced that Ross would make a guest appearance on the docu-series Sisterhood of Hip Hop.
In October 2014, Ross announced he would be releasing another album, Hood Billionaire, in order to make up for Meek Mill's Dreams Worth More Than Money album being shelved due to his incarceration. Rick Ross revealed cover art for Hood Billionaire in October 2014 and announced the release date to be set for November 24, 2014. The album received mixed reviews, from fans and critics alike.
2015–present: The Renzel Era and Epic Records
Ross had a mix of both adversity and accomplishments in 2015. Ross was arrested for kidnapping and assault charges and was sentenced to house arrest in his Georgia home. Ross joined the Snapchat platform and began referring to himself as "Renzel", a play on the name of famous actor Denzel Washington. In September, Ross released a mixtape, Black Dollar, his third full-length release since March 2014. He soon announced his eighth studio album, Black Market, for a December 2015 release. To promote his upcoming release, Ross released a remix tape, Renzel Remixes on Thanksgiving 2015. Black Market was released on December 4, 2015 and it served as Ross' final album for his original contract with Def Jam. The album's song "Free Enterprise" stirred up controversy because the lyrics included the line "Assassinate Trump like I'm Zimmerman" evidently referring to the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump
On February 21, 2016, Rick Ross remixed Kanye West's "Famous". Ross was active in 2016, releasing many songs including "Make It Work" off of Self Made Vol. 4, "Purple Lamborghini" of Suicide Squad: The Album, "Supa Cindy", and "Freaky Hoe".
He announced that his ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me, was slated for a March 2017 release. On February 2, 2018 Rick Ross released "Florida Boy" with T-Pain & Kodak Black as the first single for the album which was slated for a 2018 release. On June 22, 2018, Ross released" Green Gucci Suit" with Future as the second single off Port of Miami 2.
Rick Ross is a Christian, and in an interview with Corey "Coco Brother" Condrey on Lift Every Voice, he indicated that "I had told myself at one point no matter what I go through, I never question God." In addition, Ross indicated that he prays every time he goes on stage to perform.
Correctional officer photos
In July 2008, The Smoking Gun produced details linking Ross' social security number to an 18-month stint as a correctional officer at the South Florida Reception Center, along with a photograph first publicized by Media Take Out purporting to be Ross in his correctional officer uniform. Ross initially denied that the photograph was of him, but after overwhelming evidence of his past came into the public's eye, Ross later admitted that he did work as a correctional officer in Florida for 18 months between 1995 and 1997. In a 2008 interview with AllHipHop.com, "Freeway" Ricky Ross claimed offense that Roberts used his name and identity when he learned that The Smoking Gun posted documents revealing Roberts' previous employment as a Florida correctional officer.
On October 14, 2011, Ross suffered two seizures in the same day, once in the morning and again in the early evening. Following the morning seizure, he was unconscious and CPR was performed. After suffering the second seizure, Ross was admitted to a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, where doctors ran a battery of tests. They declared him healthy. Ross attributes the episodes to a lack of sleep in the previous week.
Ross later noted the incident in the remix of Meek Mill's song "Ima Boss", with the line "Had a couple seizures, call it minor setbacks / Everybody praying for me, I respect that / Woke up in the hospital, where my checks at? / Then I put 8 chains where my neck's at".
On January 27, 2013, while celebrating his 37th birthday, Ross and his girlfriend were the targets of a drive-by shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Neither Ross nor his girlfriend were hurt, but they ended up crashing their car into an apartment in an attempt to escape the shooting.
On March 2, 2018, Ross was hospitalized after being found unresponsive in his Miami, Florida, home from a possible heart attack. Ross was on life support. He was released from hospital just a few days later.
In January 2008, Ross was arrested on gun and marijuana charges. During a deposition of Officer Rey Hernandez, a Miami Beach cop who arrested Ross, Ross's lawyer, Allan Zamren, asked Hernandez why Ross's case was assigned to the gang task force. The officer stated that it was because Ross claimed affiliation with Triple C's (aka Carol City Cartel), and other known gang members. Zamren pressed Hernandez for a personal link between Ross and the gang members, but the officer did not provide proof.
In August 2008, YouTube entertainer DJ Vlad filed a lawsuit against Ross for assault and battery. Vlad claimed Ross organized an ambush on him at the 2008 Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas for asking questions about his past as a correctional officer.
In June 2010 "Freeway" Ricky Ross sued Ross for using his name, filing a copyright infringement lawsuit in a California federal court. Jay-Z had been called to testify in the lawsuit, as he was CEO of Def Jam when Ross/Roberts was signed. "Freeway" Ricky Ross, a reformed drug kingpin, sought $10 million in damages in his lawsuit. Also, Freeway Ricky Ross threatened to block the release of Ross' album, Teflon Don.
A week after the lawsuit was filed, Rick Ross responded to the charges: "It's like owning a restaurant, you're gonna have a few slip and falls. You get lawsuits, you deal with them, and get them out your way…sometimes you lose." He denied rumors that he would change his name to "Ricky Rozay" as a consequence of the lawsuit. The lawsuit was thrown out of court on July 3, 2010. The album Teflon Don was released as scheduled on July 20, 2010.
A federal judge ruled that the case should be refiled in California state court because it fell under California state law. "Freeway" Ricky Ross refiled the case with the State of California and the federal case is on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The state case was filed in 2011 in California.
"Freeway" Ricky Ross refiled in Los Angeles Superior Court with publicity rights claims. Trial was set for early May 2012. The case was dismissed by a judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
On March 26, 2011, Ross was arrested in Shreveport for possession of marijuana. According to the police records, a strong odor of marijuana was detected from his room at the Hilton in Downtown Shreveport. Ross was arrested on June 27, 2014, in Greensboro, N.C., following his performance at the 2014 SuperJam at the Greensboro Coliseum. The arrest stemmed from a year-old warrant for another North Carolina arrest related to marijuana possession; Ross reportedly failed to appear in court for that violation in 2013.
On June 24, 2015, Rick Ross and his bodyguard were arrested in Fayette County, Georgia on kidnapping and assault charges. Both were accused for forcing a lands keeper into a guesthouse and beating him in the head with a handgun, allegedly over money he owed Ross. On April 4, 2017, Ross pled no contest to a felony count of aggravated assault. The other felony charges were dropped. Ross was sentenced to time served in jail, having already been incarcerated for a week and was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
Ross was sentenced as a first time felony offender; and upon payment of the fine the conviction was erased from his record. Ross pled no contest to 5 misdemeanours; of assault, battery, two counts of pointing a pistol at someone, and possession of less than 1 oz of cannabis. For the five misdemeanours he was given a total of 60 months probation.
Feud with 50 Cent
In January 2009, Ross started a feud with rapper 50 Cent because he supposedly looked at him the wrong way at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2008. 50 Cent told news sources that he did not remember seeing Ross there. 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.
Before going to Venezuela, 50 Cent uploaded a video entitled "Warning Shot", wherein he stated: "Rick Ross- I'mma fuck your life up for fun." In addition, 50 Cent released the first of a series of "Officer Ricky" cartoons. Early in February, 50 Cent once again made a video which he uploaded to YouTube in which he interviewed "Tia", the mother of one of Ross's children. She verifies that he was a correctional officer and claims his whole persona is fake and fraudulent. On February 5, 2009, The Game, who 50 Cent has a long-standing "beef" with, called up Seattle R&B station KUBE. When asked about the beef between 50 Cent and Ross, Game sided with 50 Cent and said that things are not looking good for Ross. He offered to help, stating, "Rick Ross, holla at your boy, man," and, "50 eating you, boy." On his album Deeper Than Rap, Ross references 50 Cent in the song "In Cold Blood". A video for the song was released that portrayed 50 Cent's mock funeral. Upon release, Ross stated that he has ended 50 Cent's career. That same day Ross released a new diss track called "Push 'Em Over The Edge". The next day 50 Cent released the controversial video "A Psychic Told Me", dissing DJ Khaled. On February 12, 50 Cent responded with "Tia Told Me", along with Lloyd Banks' response "Officer Down" and Tony Yayo's "Somebody Snitched".
In an interview, 50 Cent said Ross is "Albert From CB4. You ever seen the movie? He's Albert," he added. "It never gets worse than this. You get a guy that was a correctional officer come out and base his entire career on writing material from a drug dealer's perspective."
On January 30, 2013, 50 Cent claimed via Twitter that the drive-by shooting that Ross experienced on his birthday two days ago was "staged", reigniting the feud.
A year later, on March 28, 2014, Rick Ross was asked about his feud with 50 Cent. He stated that he doesn't wish to speak on him anymore, and that he's done with the feud.
Recently, his feud with 50 Cent has been resurfacing. The reason of the second reignition would be because of Ross' MMG record-label artist Meek Mill, who defended his mentor and called out 50 on his 4/4 EP.
In a line on rapper Rocko's song "U.O.E.N.O.", Rick Ross raps the line, "Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it." A petition containing 72,000 signatures was presented to Reebok, demanding they drop Ross as a spokesman for the lyrics which appeared to condone date rape. Ross has apologized for the lyrics, claiming they weren't about rape. He was dropped by Reebok on April 11, 2013.
Reebok went on to say, “while we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.” They continued on to say, “at this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross.” Though Ross apologized for the lyrics, he’s gone on to further argue that his lyrics were misinterpreted because he did not directly use the word “rape.” He says, “You know I would never use the term rape in my records… in reality some people do these things, and shouldn’t it be brought to light so young women can protect themselves?!” He continues on Twitter, “I would never use the term ‘rape’ in my records and as far as my camp. Hip-Hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that, nobody condones that.” Ultra Violet, a women’s rights group, did not accept the rappers apologize, and took to twitter to say, “Thank you @Reebok for doing the right thing!”
Questions about whether Rick Ross have risen from his controversial lyrics and behaviors. He’s often objectified women in both his lyrics and in the present day. In July 2017, Ross visited the American syndicated radio show based in New York City, The Breakfast club. A photo was taken where he is seen holding onto, grabbing the hair of, and sticking his tongue near the face of a visibly uncomfortable Angela Yee, the shows only female host.
A Ross concert organized by the student association of Carleton University was cancelled after protests that his lyrics promote rape culture. Rocko later dropped the Rick Ross verse in order to get radio play.
Accusations of misogyny
In 2013, Reebok announced it was severing ties over Ross's lyrics that were seen as celebrating drug-facilitated sexual assault. In 2017, Ross was criticized for stating in an interview that he never signed a female rapper because "I would end up fucking [her] and fucking the business up." Ross quickly apologized through a Facebook post where he called his comments "insensitive" and a "mistake [he regrets]."
Solo studio albums
- Port of Miami (2006)
- Trilla (2008)
- Deeper Than Rap (2009)
- Teflon Don (2010)
- God Forgives, I Don't (2012)
- Mastermind (2014)
- Hood Billionaire (2014)
- Black Market (2015)
- Rather You Than Me (2017)
- Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill (2019)
|2008||Days of Wrath||Film||G Dogg|
|2008–2012||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Television||Himself||Musical guest|
|2009||Late Show with David Letterman||Television|
|2009–2010||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||Television|
|2010||Freaknik: The Musical||Television||Big Uzi||Voice; TV movie and soundtrack|
|2013||Magic City||Television||Butterball||Season 2|
|2016||Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party||Television||Himself||Season 1|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Himself||Best Male Hip Hop Artist||Nominated||Kanye West|
|2012||"I'm on One" (with DJ Khaled, Drake & Lil' Wayne)||Best Rap/Sung Collaboration||Nominated||"All of the Lights" – Kanye West, Rihanna, & Kid Cudi|
|2013||God Forgives, I Don't||Best Rap Album||Nominated||Take Care – Drake|
|2015||"New Flame" (with Chris Brown & Usher)||Best R&B Performance||Nominated||"Drunk in Love" – Beyoncé featuring Jay Z|
|Best R&B Song||Nominated|
|2017||"Purple Lamborghini" (with Skrillex)||Best Song Written for Visual Media||Nominated||"Can't Stop the Feeling!" – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani|
|2010||Himself||Men of the Year||Won|
- Zisook, Brian (March 20, 2017). "Rick Ross on control of label artists". DJBooth.com. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
- "Jay-Z Gets Behind Rick Ross To Show He's 'Still In The Rap Business'". mtv.com.
- "Rick Ross". Spotify.
- Harris, Chris (August 16, 2006). "Rick Ross Sails Past Breaking Benjamin, Takes Port Of Miami To #1". MTV News. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
- "Port of Miami – Charts & Awards". Allmusic. 2006.
- Reid, Shaheem (March 19, 2008). "Rick Ross On #1 Trilla Beating Out Snoop, Fat Joe: 'I Told Them We Bossin' Up'". MTV News. Archived from the original on April 24, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
- "Rick Ross: #1 Hottest MC in the Game". Rap Radar. February 19, 2012. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
- Birth certificate Archived July 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine of William Roberts (Rick Ross) as scanned by The Smoking Gun
- Reid, Shaheem (May 28, 2010). "Rick Ross Talks Miami's 'Fast Life,' Southern Heritage, In The Source". MTV News. Archived from the original on July 26, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- Cordor, Cyril. "Rick Ross Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on April 20, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
During the early to mid-2000s, he became popular and well known locally through touring with Trick Daddy and guest-appearing on a few Slip-N-Slide releases, but didn't release any solo material until 2006.
- Handelsman, Jason (January 10, 2008). "Rick Ross Spins a New One". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
- Burgess, Omar. "Rick Ross Recalls Drawing Inspiration From EPMD". www.hiphopdx.com. Cheri Media Group. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
- Gardner, Eriq (March 21, 2013). "'Freeway' Ricky Ross Taking Battle Over Rapper Rick Ross to Appeals Court". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013.
- Hoard, Christian (June 1, 2006). "Rick Ross, Miami's Latest Hip-Hop Phenom". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 2, 2009.
- Moss, Corey (July 18, 2006). "Rick Ross Ready to 'Blow' Up When He Docks At Port Of Miami In August". MTV News. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
- Reid, Shaheem (July 26, 2006). "A Newcomer 10 Years In The Making: Rick Ross Gets Help From Jay-Z, Akon On First LP". MTV News. Archived from the original on May 4, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
- Reid, Shaheem (May 20, 2008). "Rick Ross Talks About Tiger Attack – Seriously! – On The Set Of His 'Here I Am' Video". MTV News. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
- "'Hottest MCs in the Game': Rick Ross Bosses Up to #4". MTV News. May 16, 2008. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
- Rick Ross Is 'Competing For The Throne' With Deeper Than Rap Archived January 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Mtv.com
- Rick Ross Justifies Prison-Guard Past In New Track – Listen Here Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Mtv.com
- Rick Ross' 'Valley Of Death' Was Intended For Jay-Z Archived July 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Mtv.com
- Kaufman, Gil (May 12, 2009). "Rick Ross Called Out For Fake Louis Vuitton Sunglasses On XXL Cover". MTV News. Archived from the original on September 8, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
- J.R. (May 15, 2009). "Rick Ross' Louis Vuitton Rumor Slammed By The 'Sunglass Pimp'". HipHopRX. Archived from the original on May 18, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
- Roberts II, William L. (October 12, 2010). "Bugatti Boyz (Diddy & Rick Ross) – Another One". Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
- "Rick Ross Performing at BET Awards 2011". Archived from the original on June 30, 2011.
- "Best Male Hip Hop Artist | BET Awards". BET. Archived from the original on November 15, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
- "New Music: Rick Ross f/ Drake – 'Made Men'". Rap-Up.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- Jacobs, Allen (November 17, 2011). "Rick Ross Officially Delays "God Forgives, I Don't" To 2012 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
- "Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Selling Big, Heading for No. 1". Billboard.com. August 1, 2012. Archived from the original on September 17, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "Rick Ross Named The Source's Man Of The Year". MTV News. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- Horowitz, Steven (January 7, 2013). "Rick Ross Announces Title Of Sixth Studio Album". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
- "New Music: Rick Ross – "Box Chevy" « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. January 25, 2013. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Rick Ross – Box Chevy | Listen & Download". Djbooth.net. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "iTunes – Music – Box Chevy – Single by Rick Ross". Itunes.apple.com. February 15, 2013. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Watch Behind the Scenes Footage of Rick Ross' "Box Chevy" Video Shoot". Complex. April 1, 2013. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- Reid, Shaheem (May 23, 2008). "T.I. Tests Himself As A Producer". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Archived from the original on April 27, 2010.
- "Birdman And Rick Ross To Release Lost Album, 'The H' On May 23 – XXL". Xxlmag.com. May 16, 2013. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Listen: Rick Ross f/ Future "No Games"". Complex. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Tardio, Andres (April 16, 2014). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 3/9/2014". HipHop DX. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
- Tardio, Andres (April 16, 2014). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 04/6/2014". HipHop DX. Archived from the original on April 12, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
- Corry, Kristin (June 9, 2014). "'Sisterhood of Hip Hop' to Debut on Oxygen This Summer". Vibe. Vibe.com. Archived from the original on June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
- Alexis, Nadeska (October 3, 2014). "Rick Ross Promises Another Jay Z Feature On His Hood Billionaire Album". MTV.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- Yung Rénzél 🏁 [@RickRoss] (October 15, 2014). "It's Time!!! #HOODBILLIONAIRE" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Lilah, Rose. "Rick Ross Reveals Cover Art For "Hood Billionaire"". HotNewHipHop. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
- "Rick Ross Raps About 'Assassinating' Donald Trump In Scary New Song — Listen". Hollywood Life. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
- Hernandez, Victoria (January 15, 2016). "Rick Ross Signs With Epic Records". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- Unterberger, Andrew. "Rick Ross remixes Famous". Spin. Archived from the original on February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- Maybach Music Group [@MaybachMusic] (November 21, 2016). "Have you heard the title of @rickyrozay new album coming early 2017? #rytm Rather You Than Me" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Ignorance or Blasphemy?". The Christian Post. January 17, 2012. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
The first verse of the song depicts Ross, a self proclaimed Christian, relishing in the riches of sitting in his expensive Bugatti as he makes a drug deal.
- "Rick Ross - Interview On A Christian TV Show". Rap Basement. 2012. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
I had told myself at one point no matter what I go through, I never question God.
- "Rick Ross - Interview On A Christian TV Show". Rap Basement. 2012. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
Every time I go on stage, you know what I'm saying, I say a prayer.
- "Despite denials, records show rap star worked as corrections officer". July 21, 2008. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012.
- Reid, Shaheem (July 22, 2008). "Rick Ross Reaffirms Gangster Past In New Freestyle, Despite Report That He Worked As Prison Guard". MTV News. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved August 5, 2008.
- Burgess, Omar (October 7, 2008). "Rick Ross Admits Correctional Officer past". Hip Hop DX. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2008.
-  Archived March 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Screw Rick Ross – TheSmokingGun.com". The Smoking Gun. Archived from the original on July 23, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Rick Ross Suffers Seizure On Plane, Reportedly Regains Consciousness". HipHopDX. October 14, 2011. Archived from the original on January 31, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- "Rick Ross: 'Seizures were caused by me not getting enough sleep'". NME News. Time Inc. November 2, 2011. Archived from the original on January 31, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- Chandler, D.L. (November 9, 2011). "Meek Mill Drops 'I'ma Boss (Remix)' W/ Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, T.I., Swizz Beatz". MTV. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
- Haskell, Josh (January 28, 2013). "Rapper Rick Ross Target of Drive-By Shooting – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Rick Ross Found Unresponsive After Emergency Crews Rush to His Miami Mansion: Report". people.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
- "Rick Ross Hooked Up to Life Support: Report". usmagazine.com. March 2, 2018. Archived from the original on March 4, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
- Derrick Taylor (May 16, 2018). "Rick Ross is "living life to the fullest" following health woes". pagesix.com. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Thompson, D.L. (December 10, 2018). "Rick Ross Shares First Photo of Son, Billion Leonard Roberts". Heavy.com.
- Grant, Shawn (December 11, 2018). "Rick Ross Introduces His Son Billion on Instragram". The Source.
- "Rick Ross' Own Lawyer De-Values". Highbridnation.com. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
- Kaufman, Gil (August 15, 2008). "DJ Vlad Files $4 Million Lawsuit Against Rick Ross Over Alleged Ozone Awards Beatdown". MTV News. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008.
- Harling, Danielle. "Freeway Rick Ross files lawsuit". Archived from the original on January 3, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- Strong, Bostick, Nolan, Octavia. "Rapper Rick Ross Gets Legal Victory, Replies To $10 Mil Lawsuit". Archived from the original on July 6, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
- Johnson, Bill. "Freeway Ricky Ross' Lawsuit Against Rick Ross Thrown Out". Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
- "The Drug Dealer Rick Ross Has Lost His Lawsuit Against the Rapper Rick Ross". New York Magazine. November 5, 2010. Archived from the original on December 29, 2011.
- Johnson, Bill. "Freeway Ricky Ross' Lawsuit Against Rick Ross Thrown Out". Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
- "'Freeway' Rick Ross Will Take On Rick Ross In Court Early May". Archived from the original on January 3, 2014.
- Gardner, Eriq (July 18, 2012). "Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013.
- "Rick Ross vs. Rick Ross: Rapper sued by drug trafficker for allegedly stealing name NY POST". New York Post. Archived from the original on February 19, 2013.
- Gardner, Eriq (December 30, 2013). "'Freeway' Ricky Ross vs. Rick Ross: First Amendment Protects Hip-Hop Persona". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014.
- "Freeway Exclusive: Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Def Jam Named In Infringement Lawsuit by Teflon Don". August 29, 2011.
- Ramirez, Erika (August 29, 2011). "Rick Ross, DJ Khaled & More Being Sued for 'Teflon Don' Name". Archived from the original on March 16, 2013.
- Clemons, Tracy (March 26, 2011). "Rapper and NFL star separately arrested in Shreveport". ksla.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- "Rick Ross Arrested in North Carolina on Outstanding Warrant". billboard. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- "RICK ROSS ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING ASSAULT". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- "Rapper Rick Ross Arrested on Kidnapping, Assault Charges". abc News. Archived from the original on April 14, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- "Rick Ross Arrested on Kidnapping, Assault Charges". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 28, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- "RICK ROSS GETS SWEET PLEA DEAL IN KIDNAPPING CASE". TMZ. Archived from the original on February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- "Rick Ross Opens New Wingstop In Decatur". AllHipHop.com. Archived from the original on March 22, 2017.
- "Rick Ross Makes Big Moves To Expand His Franchise - The Source". thesource.com. July 4, 2016. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
- Wingstop. "About Us". Wingstop. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- "How feud Started Rick Ross and 50 Cent". Vide.com. February 7, 2009. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- HipHopDX.com – 50 Cent – Interviews Rick Ross' Baby Mama Archived October 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. HipHopDX.com. Accessed February 2, 2008.
- "Game Takes Sides In 50 Cent". MTV News. Archived from the original on August 23, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Rick Ross Buries 50 Cent In 'Cold Blood'". MTV News. Archived from the original on July 21, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- 50 Cent Says Rick Ross Is 'Gusto From CB4', Laughs Off Ross' Sales Predictions Archived June 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine BallerStatus.com
- Sieczkowski, Cavan (January 30, 2013). "50 Cent Claims Rick Ross Shooting Was 'Staged'". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013.
- Harling, Danielle. "Rick Ross "Through Talking About" 50 Cent". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on April 1, 2014.
- "50 Cent and Rick Ross beef resurfacing". Hotnewhiphop.com. January 16, 2016. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
- "50 Cent Disses Meek Mill: 'All You Can Do Is Run to Nicki'". Rap-Up. Archived from the original on April 15, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- "Rick Ross rape lyric apology not accepted". 3 News NZ. April 5, 2013. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013.
- "RICK ROSS REEBOK GIVES RAPPER THE BOOT". TMZ. Archived from the original on April 13, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- Danton, Eric (April 12, 2013). "Rick Ross Loses Reebok Endorsement Over 'Rape' Lyrics". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- "Rick Ross loses Reebok deal over 'date rape' verse". The Guardian. 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Gadiano, Jerry (April 15, 2013). "Question Of The Day - Is Rick Ross a Misogynist?". Vice. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- "The Breakfast Club Twitter". Twitter. July 24, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- "Rick Ross concert completely cancelled following criticism | Charlatan". Charlatan.ca. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Rocko replaces Rick Ross rap". 3 News NZ. April 12, 2013. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014.
- Reed, Ryan; Reed, Ryan (July 28, 2017). "Rick Ross: 'Insensitive' Comments About Female Rappers Were 'Mistake'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
- "Rick Ross Announces New Album". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.