The Top 50 Greatest Rappers debate came just in time for Rick Ross to release his 10th studio album, Port of Miami 2. Ross is a rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and record executive, and his status rarely needs an introduction. He’s in my Top 50 for many reasons, and I’ve stood by that statement since I became a fan early in his career. For those unaware of his impact (outside of Aston Martin Music) in this industry, I’d like to celebrate the foundation Ross has built upon for moments like this.
Ross’ discography goes way back to 2006. This was the year he released his debut album Port of Miami, which included the summer anthem, “Hustlin.” Once this song caught wind of a few industry officials such as Sean “Diddy” Combs and former Murder Inc. president Irv Gotti, Ross ultimately signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Jay-Z & Def Jam Records. This is really where the momentum of his rap career picked up and as “Hustlin” went gold, his wordplay and creativity spoke for itself and rest is history.
Fast forward, Ross has founded his record label (MMG) or Maybach Music Group by the year 2009. The remainder of his discography, starting at Deeper Than Rap had been distributed under his own label with the help of Atlantic Records after his Def Jam deal expired. MMG has since then, successfully dropped 19 solo and 3 compilation albums, including five certified Gold albums. For those unfamiliar, the label houses artists like Wale, Meek Mill, Omarion, Gunplay and more.
If I had to choose one essential project to listen too, it would be Teflon Don, his fourth album. Some of my favorite tracks include, Free Mason, Maybach Music III, Aston Martin Music & B.M.F. Press play here:
His recent single, Golden Roses ft. Drake has been on repeat since it dropped, and thankfully I don’t have to imagine how the rest of the project sounds any longer.
“Port of Miami 2 isn’t just a continuation of the original, —it’s a project that allows Ross to revel in his legacy while adhering to a blueprint the MC executed on the original and continued to build from throughout his career” via Apple Music.
Finally, the boss is back with his tenth studio album, Port of Miami 2 and it’s available on all streaming platforms. Let us know your favorite track so far on our socials! @vashtiedotcom.