William Leonard Roberts II, known professionally as Rick Ross, is an American rapper and record executive. An influential figure in modern hip hop music, Rick Ross has become known for his “booming” vocal performance, “larger than life” persona, and vivid lyrical imagery.
William Leonard Roberts II
January 28, 1976
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
|Education||Albany State University (no degree)|
|Origin||Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.|
|Member of||Triple C’s|
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’s 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 the hospital a few days later.
Ross has four children: Toie Roberts, William Roberts III, Berkeley Hermès Roberts, and Billion Leonard Roberts.
Ross was briefly engaged to Lira “Galore” Mercer in 2015.
On May 16, 2023, he announced via Instagram that he plans to run for mayor of Fayetteville, Georgia, where he resides, in 2024.
Rick Ross makes music that will motivate you for real, he has been rapping for more than a decade. He has a solid catalog and he is still not on people’s top 10 best rappers of all time.
You will hardly ever hear anybody say Rick Ross is my favorite rapper, Rick Ross is my best rapper, Rick Ross is the greatest rapper of all time, etc, he is nobody’s favorite
Rick Ross makes music that will make you feel like you are already a millionaire, his music is for people who wanna be rich at the end.
His real name is William Leonard Roberts II. Rick Ross is the real name of an infamous drug dealer. Rick “Freeway” Ross had built an empire before he was incarcerated in 1996.
The gangster tried to sue Rick Ross on the grounds of copyright infringement but the case was ruled in favor of the rapper.
Before becoming a worldwide superstar, Rick Ross had dreams of playing in the NFL. Passionate about the sport in high school, he received a scholarship to Albany State University to play football but ended up quitting after two weeks.
He founded his record label, Maybach Music Group in 2009 and has signed acts such as Wale, Meek Mill, Omarion, and more. 19 solo albums and three compilation albums have been released under the label.
There has been an ongoing feud between him and 50 Cent for 10 years. It all started in 2008 when 50 supposedly looked at Ross in “the wrong way” at the BET Awards. This led to numerous diss tracks as well as animation skits poking fun at Rick.