Rick Ross, AKA William Leonard Roberts II, is a rapper and an entrepreneur. He founded the record label Mayback Music Group in 2009, on which he released six studio albums: Deeper Than Rap (2009), Teflon Don (2010), God Forgives, I Don't (2012), Mastermind, Hood Billionaire (2014), Black Market (2015), and Rather You Than Me (2017).
Before being named “the hottest MC in the game” by MTV in 2012, William Roberts was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi and raised in Carol City, Florida. After graduating Miami Carol City High School, he attended Albany State University and worked as a correctional officer for 18 months during the mid '90s.
Ross's musical debut was on the song “Ain't Shhh to Discuss” on Erick Sermon's album Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis. His name at the time was Teflon Da Don. In the mid-2000s, he changed his name from Teflon Da Don to Rick Ross, derived from the drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross.
Ross later signed with Slip-n-Slide Records, a division of Def Jam since 2006. While under Slip-n-Slide, he toured with Trick Daddy and made guest appearances for other Slip-n-Slide artists.
Ross's debut album Port of Miami was released in 2006, taking the #1 spot at the Billboard Hot 200 Charts in its first week with 187,000 sales. His 2008 sophomore effort Trilla also debuted at #1 in the Billboard Hot 200.
Ross later released his six albums from 2009 to 2017 under his own label, Mayback Music Group.