Rick Ross defines Miami rap. He was in the national spotlight with “Hustlin'”, the platinum introduction to a uniquely larger-than-life character with gruffly delivered tales about the spoils and pitfalls of drug trafficking. The rapper became not only a hip-hop fixture but an unlikely pop star as well. Debut smash Port of Miami, and all nine of Ross’ subsequent studio albums, including the Grammy-nominated God Forgives, I Don’t (2012) and Port of Miami 2 (2019), have entered the Top Ten of the Billboard 200, promoted with high-rolling, RIAA-certified singles such as “The Boss” and “Aston Martin Music.”
Through his own label, Maybach Music — the name of which has been imprinted on virtually every Ross recording since 2009 — Ross has boosted the careers of fellow artists such as Gunplay, Wale, and Meek Mill. His multitude of guest verses have likewise supported hits by the likes of DJ Khaled (beginning with “We Takin’ Over”), Kanye West (“Monster”), Maybach’s French Montana (“Pop That”), Ace Hood (“Bugatti”), and Chris Brown (“New Flame”).
In 2019 Rick Ross released his highly anticipated album, Port of Miami 2. The sequel to his debut continued his career-long streak of Top Ten albums and was his most personal recording yet, reflecting upon the death of longtime associate and manager Black Bo and a personal health scare, two major setbacks he had experienced the previous year. The album’s Drake-assisted single “Gold Roses” scored a nomination for Best Rap Song in the 2020 Grammy Awards.
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Without further ado, Rick Ross’s top 5 tracks of all time:
5. Rick Ross – Aston Martin Music ft. Drake & Chrisette Michele
4. Rick Ross – Stay Schemin ft. Drake & French Montana
3. Rick Ross – B.M.F. ft. Styles P
2. Rick Ross – Money In The Grave ft. Drake
1. Rick Ross – Hustlin’
BONUS: Rick Ross – Diced Pineapples ft. Drake & Wale