American rapper Rick Ross was born William Leonard Roberts II on January 28, 1976.
Ross was the object of a bidding war before he released his debut single, “Hustlin’,” in 2006; offers came from Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. and Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment, and Ross eventually agreed to a lucrative deal with Jay-Z on Def Jam Recordings.
Later that year, Ross signed with the label and released his debut album, Port of Miami, which debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and sold 187,000 units in its first week.
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