Miami rapper Rick Ross knows a thing or two about music. In 2006, Ross’ “Port of Miami” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 albums chart and made “Hustlin'” a breakout hit that had music lovers singing, “every day I’m hustling, hustling, hustling.”‘
Fifteen years after he first hit the charts, Ross stands atop a growing empire, a boss, a true entrepreneur with a vast reach and an unstoppable drive.
Friends call him “Rozay” (pronounced rosé). The name came to him when he was just a young dreamer, admiring VIPs and celebrities and their sparkling bottles while partying at Prince’s Glam Slam Club on Washington Avenue in Miami’s South Beach before Rick “The Boss” Ross could afford rosé champagne.
The moniker has served him well. Forget wishing. Today, Ross is a certified VIP. He has released 10 studio albums and long been an ambassador for Luc Belaire’s signature rosé premium sparkling wines and champagnes. Some special edition bottles feature an image of his face. Ross has authored two books: “Hurricanes: A Memoir” in 2020 and “The Perfect Day to Boss Up: A Hustler’s Guide to Building Your Empire” (available Sept. 7). Oh, and he owns more than 25 Wingstop franchises.
Born William Leonard Roberts II in Clarksdale, Miss., Ross, 45, grew up in Carol City, Florida, and says he learned much of his business acumen from his mother.
“When I became a young millionaire for the first time, I went to my mother because she had always been a registered nurse and worked two and three jobs. She always bought real estate. She came from Clarksdale, where the real estate was a lot cheaper. She would just keep buying houses. And I would say, ‘Mom, what do you think about the stock market?’ And she would say, ‘Son, I don’t really rock with the stock market. I don’t know much about it, but I know about real estate . . . So when you buy something, make sure you can touch it.'”
Ross wasn’t thinking about upkeep. He admired the property.
“I looked at every curve and every up and downhill on the lawn. I was looking at the geese as I rolled by. I did that for years until one day, I saw the red for-sale sign on the gate and made a U-turn,” Ross says.
Real estate followers know what happened next. Ross bought the Fayetteville estate for $5.8 million in 2014. He’s since made some changes and purchased another 87 acres adjacent to the main estate in 2019 for $1 million. While the estate, which includes a 350,000-gallon pool and a dining room that seats 100, is home, Ross is not afraid to put the property to work. For example, the estate served as the Zamunda Palace in Eddie Murphy’s 2021 sequel, “Coming 2 America.” Ever the businessman, Ross says he secured more than $2.5 million to let producers use the estate as one of several locations (Tyler Perry Studios was another).
Kanye West reunites with Jay-Z on the new album, Donda
The Gold Digger singer, 44, hosted a launch party for his new album, titled Donda after his late mother, at the sold-out Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Young Guru, a record producer and engineer who has worked with Jay-Z, revealed the verse was a last-minute addition, perhaps explaining why the launch party started almost two hours late.
He tweeted: “HOV did the verse today!!!! At 4 pm.”
But fans certainly think it’s been worth the wait and as well as Jay-Z, the album features contributions from hip hop stars including Pusha T, Lil Baby, and Travis Scott.
Kanye returned to the city he was born in and stunned the crowd as he wore a red puffer jacket, matching trousers, and orange shoes all of his own design. He also donned what appeared to be a brown rubber mask.
There was no formal introduction when he eventually took to the stage area as his album began playing.
And in a move that stunned everyone, Jay-Z made an appearance on the last song of the night as the pair appear to have buried the hatchet after years of tension.
The event, which was live-streamed, saw Kanye occasionally break out into a dance in the huge arena while he paced around to the music.
Ndovu Kuu back on Youtube
Singer Cristopher Thande, known as Krispah in the entertainment scene, has confirmed his hit track Ndovu Kuu is back on Youtube.
Bryanka had successfully managed to have the song temporarily deleted from the site after filing for a copyright complaint but it appears he has lost the battle.
The move to have the song temporarily removed elicited varied reactions, with another singer namely Khaligraph Jones, who features in it, attributing the decision to ‘jealousy’.
“It is unfortunate that we get to this level of jealousy from fellow artists. The copyright strikes are not legitimate; even Mejja was a victim of such circumstances, so it is something that is happening now in the industry,” Jones told Nairobi News in an earlier interview.
But Dexta has defended his actions stating that the song (Ndovu ni Kuu) was not only a copyright infringement to his music but also sheds a bad light on Kenyatta University’s brand due to its scathing lyrics. It is a shame that upcoming artists are now using copyright claims to get to the top rather than put in hard work,” papa Jones told Nairobi news.
Pop Smoke’s tragic murder as a rapper is remembered on his 22nd birthday
Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, would have celebrated his 22nd birthday today, but his life was cut tragically short when he was murdered in February 2020.
The authorities, who were called to the scene by a friend of someone in the house, were made aware of the rented address being shared online and said at the time it “was an angle” they were looking at when investigating the murder.
At the time of his passing, Pop Smoke was one of the most prominent US drill artists, a style of music popular in the UK and in Chicago which often responds to violence.
The rapper was becoming prominent shortly before his death. His second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2, was released on February 7 and debuted at number 7 in the Billboard 200.
Only two weeks later on February 19, the rapper passed away.
Following Pop Smoke’s death, hip-hop star Safaree Samuels spoke about how emerging rappers need to be careful with making lavish displays of wealth on social media.
“I know some ppl might not be used to having a lot of money but try your best and refrain from showing it on social media… Won’t front like I didn’t go thru that phase but I learned from it.”
Another rapper called Blueface, who grew up in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, issued a similar warning about safety.
““People think Cali/LA is beautiful sunny palm trees,” he wrote.
The album was executive-produced by 50 Cent and remained on the chart for 28 weeks, and still sits in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 over half a year after the initial release.
Meanwhile, the drill legend’s family recently collaborated with the Brooklyn Borough President and the Entertainers For Education Alliance – I Will Graduate organization to present a public service announcement on gun violence.
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