Artist of the Week
Rick Ross

Week 35 of 2019

Rick Ross

With a career spanning well over a decade, it's only fair to say that Rick Ross has more than proved his ability to develop hip-hop bops. His consistency in delivering his bars in a flow that is different than other rappers' is also what makes him one of the most influential rappers of this decade and is respected by a lot of people.

Ross' latest album, "Port of Miami 2", is one of the proofs how he can position himself as a pure MC and be sparred with the likes of Jay-Z and Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin). Since its release, the album has been met with generally positive reviews from critics, with Aaron Bishop of Clash describing the album as an effort that shows Ross "with his pen at his sharpest, his beats at their grandest and his coveted guest verse spots at their most impactful."

Furthermore, "Port of Miami 2" managed to debut at No. 2 on Billboard 200 and ruled Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It marked his first chart-topping album on the tally since his 2014 record "Mastermind".

As we might already know judging by the title, "Port of Miami 2" served as the sequel to Ross' critical acclaim debut album "Port of Miami". Released in August 2006, the album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. "Port of Miami" was undoubtedly a notable album as it featured his breakthrough song "Hustlin' ".

Produced by himself and The Runners, the song skyrocketed him to worldwide fame almost overnight as it peaked at No, 54 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was considered great as Ross was merely an up-and-coming rapper at the time. In addition to that, the song was what made him sign a multi-million dollar deal with Jay-Z's Def Jam Records.

Ross is currently gearing up for tour in support of "Port of Miami 2". The trek is set to kick off on September 23 in Vancouver, BC and conclude on October 16 in New York, NY.


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Once only an artist frequently featured in songs, Rick Ross stepped up into the spotlight as the lead man. The Haitian rapper was born William Roberts on January 28, 1977 and raised in the impoverished area of Carol City, Florida. He grew up in thick influence of rap culture where artists like Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur swept the nation with their hits. During the '90s, Roberts formed a rapping group called Carol City Cartel that later on led him to being signed to a small label Suave House Records that was also the home of 8Ball & MJG. » more


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