- NAME: Rick Ross
- OCCUPATION: Rapper
- BIRTH DATE: January 28, 1976 (Age: 38)
- Did You Know?: Rick Ross created his own record label, Maybach Music Group, and was later signed as the first artist to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs Ciroc Entertainment management company.
- EDUCATION: Miami Carol City Senior High School, Albany State University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Coahoma Country, Mississippi
- Full Name: William Leonard Roberts II
- AKA: Rick Ross
- AKA: Teflon Don
- AKA: Ricky Rozay
- AKA: Da Boss
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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Rick Ross is an American rapper who created the Mabach Music record label and gained popularity with songs about controversial topics like drug dealing.
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Although his street credibility was questioned, Ross continued to tour and release music. He created his own record label, Maybach Music Group (distributed by Def Jam) and was later signed as the first artist to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs Ciroc Entertainment management company.
Having grown up in Miami, Ross is said to be heavily influenced by the '80s television show Miami Vice (1984-89). Two of his trademarks are the large, dark sunglasses and his slow, raspy voice, which marked his distinctive rapping style. Known for being overweight, Ross had a health scare in 2011 when news surfaced that he suffered from a seizure during an airline flight to Memphis.
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