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Rick Ross

William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), better known by his stage name Rick Ross (often stylized as RICK RO$$), is an American rapper. Ross founded the record label Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums Deeper Than Rap (2009) and Teflon Don (2010). 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. William Leonard Roberts II was born in Coahoma County, Mississippi. and raised in Carol City, Florida, near Miami. After graduating from Carol City Senior High School, he later attended the historically black college Albany State University on a football scholarship. He derived his stage name from the drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky 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 umbrella since 2006. While signed to Slip-n-Slide, Ross toured with fellow rapper Trick Daddy and made guest performances on other Slip-n-Slide albums.

Rick Ross -- Bossing Around TMZ Camera Guy

Rick Ross
Bossing Around TMZ Photog

Rick Ross is a big man with a large posse. Our TMZ photog ... is not.So when RR hit the streets of NYC yesterday and told us to record his message ... OR ELSE ... we listened. Please don't hurt us. READ MORE >

Rick Ross -- Accused of Stiffing Touring Company

Rick Ross
Lawsuit: Rapper Stiffed Us Where's The Loyalty?

Rick Ross is struggling with business relationships lately -- first he's dumped by Reebok ... now a Florida tour booker says the rapper stiffed them ... and after YEARS of working together.Total… READ MORE >

- 358 days ago
Rick Ross -- Bitter and Betrayed Over Reebok Dumping

Rick Ross
Bitter and Betrayed Over Reebok Dumping

Rick Ross is crestfallen over losing his Reebok deal because of that date rape song  ... but he's also bitter because he believes the shoe company owed him a second chance.Sources close to… READ MORE >

- 367 days ago
Rick Ross -- I'm Sorry for That Date-Rape Song

Rick Ross
I'm Sorry For That Date-Rape Song

Rick Ross finally learned his lesson -- rapping about rape doesn't win you many fans or sponsorship deals -- and officially apologized for his date-rape track ... one day after Reebok dropped him… READ MORE >

- 371 days ago
Reebok DUMPS Rick Ross

Rick Ross
Reebok Gives Rapper The Boot

Rick Ross just learned a hard lesson about rape and money ... you embrace one, you lose the other ... because he was just DUMPED by Reebok.As TMZ previously reported ... Ross has taken a ton of… READ MORE >

- 372 days ago
Rape Survivors Demand Reebok DUMP Rick Ross Over Rape Song

Rape Survivors
Want Reebok to Deliver Rick Ross' Head

Reebok supports date rape by supporting Rick Ross ... that's the way a leading women's group and scores of rape survivors see it.UltraViolet -- a women's rights group 400,000 strong -- is incensed… READ MORE >

- 375 days ago
Rick Ross -- Police Guard Rapper at Swanky NYC Hotel

Rick Ross
Police Guard Rapper At Swanky NYC Hotel

Rick Ross -- the rapper who has allegedly been targeted by a dangerous gang -- is being protected by NYC cops round-the-clock because of recent threats ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.We've… READ MORE >

- 415 days ago
Rick Ross -- I'm Not Scared of The People Gunning For Me

Rick Ross
I'm Not Scared Of People Gunning for Me

Rick Ross is laughing in the face of mortal danger -- stepping out in L.A. Thursday with a big smile and a fat cigar ... oblivious to the fact that someone may be trying to kill him.You may recall… READ MORE >

- 435 days ago
Rick Ross 911 Call -- 'I Just Heard a Bunch of Gunshots'

Rick Ross 911 Call
'I Just Heard a Bunch of Gunshots'

The woman who called 911 to report the Rick Ross drive-by shooting had to hang up the phone and HIDE mid-call fearing the gunmen were turning around to spray a second wave of gunfire.The call was… READ MORE >

- 444 days ago
Rick Ross -- 24-Hour ARMED SECURITY After Drive-By Shooting

Rick Ross
24-Hour Armed Security After Drive-By Shooting

Rick Ross is fighting fire with firepower ... 'cause the rap mogul just hired 24-hour ARMED personal security to watch his back in the wake of Monday's drive-by shooting ... TMZ has learned. Ross… READ MORE >

- 444 days ago

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