Music: Rick Ross
"R.I.P. to all the real niggas worldwide."
—Rick Ross, "Stay Schemin'"
William Leonard Roberts II (born January 28, 1976), better known by his gang name Rick Ross, Teflon Don or Ricky Rozay, is an American rapper and former prison guard.
- Port of Miami (2006)
- Trilla (2008)
- Deeper Than Rap (2009)
- Teflon Don (2010)
- God Forgives, I Don't (2012)
- MasterMind (2014)
- Hood Billionaire (2014)
"Deeper Than Tropes":
- All-Star Cast: Teflon Don definitely has this, featuring John Legend, Cee Lo Green, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Ne-Yo, Diddy, Trey Songz, Erykah Badu, T.I., Jadakiss and Raekwon.
- Arguably God Forgives I Don't as well, which has Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on the same track, as well as Usher, Andre 3000 of OutKast, Ne-Yo (again) and Drake (again).
- And his new album, MasterMind, which features Jay-Z (again), The Weeknd, Kanye West (again), Big Sean, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill.
- And Hood Billionaire has Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Project Pat and Big KRIT.
- Arc Words: Maybach Music, the name of the record label he founded and a drop in almost all his songs, as well as ones he features in.
- When he doesn't say it, it's often for dramatic effect, so to hold the tense atmosphere of The Game's "Ali Bomaye", or to let the elaborate instrumentation flow in Kanye West's "Devil in a New Dress" and his own "Free Mason"
- Boastful Rap: A lot of his songs. Notable ones - "Hold Me Back", "Aston Martin Music", "I'm Not A Star", "B.M.F." and "Hustlin'"
- Celebrity Song: "MC Hammer"
- Dream Team: Any time he and Jay-Z do a track together ("Maybach Music", "Free Mason", "3 Kings", "FuckWitMeYouKnowIGotIt", "The Devil is a Lie", "Movin' Bass")
- Any time he and Drake do a track together ("Aston Martin Music", "Diced Pineapples", "Lord Knows", "Made Men", "Free Spirit")
- Him and Ne-Yo on "Maybach Music IV"
- Him and Andre 3000 on "Sixteen".
- He, T.I., Jadakiss and Erykah Badu on "Maybach Music III"
- Him and Kanye West on "Live Fast, Die Young".
- Him, Kanye West and Big Sean on "Sanctified".
- Him, Mariah Carey and his protege Meek Mill on "Triumphant".
- Him and Kool G Rap on "Knife Fight".
- Him, Kanye West, T-Pain and Lil Wayne on "Maybach Music 2"
- Him and The Weeknd on "In Vein"
- Him and R.Kelly on "Keep Doing That (Rich Bitch)"
- Freestyle Version: The 2012 mixtape The Black Bah Mitzvah which was entirely composed of freestyles over popular songs at the time - although after Ross had done his freestyle verse, he let every song play out as it originally was, causing lots of Epic Rapping, which for many was something of a Base Breaker.
- Frequently releases these onto his YouTube channel over whatever is popular at the time.
- Genre Roulette: In a hip-hop sense, his albums tend to switch from hardcore trap music to elaborate orchestral beats, to synth-driven beats of various degrees of elaborateness. Example in point, "Maybach Music IV" and "Hold Me Back" were on the same album, God Forgives, I Don't.
- Intercourse with You: "Diced Pineapples", "Free Spirit" with Drake.
- Large Ham: One of the largest in mainstream rap, which is quite a feat.
- The Mentor:
- He is one to Meek Mill, Wale and Stalley. The closest thing he has to a mentor is probably Jay-Z.
- He's also a sort-of mentor to Drake.
- Old Shame: It took Rick Ross a long time to recover from the (genre) stigma of having been a correctional officer, as his page quote shows.
- Something Completely Different: Him singing parts of "All The Money In The World".
- The Something Song: More like "Something Music":
- "Mafia Music"
- "Maybach Music"
- "Aston Martin Music"
- Not to mention that there have been four "Maybach Music" songs and three "Mafia Music" songs.
- Drake also spun off "Aston Martin Music" into "Paris Morton Music" and "Paris Morton Music 2".
- Technician vs. Performer: He's gotten better, but most people would agree his persona is much stronger than his rapping skills, on purpose.
- Trap Music: One of the most popular examples of this genre, although he does as much work outside of it as he does in it.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Frequently. However, this is Fan Disservice.
- Wolverine Publicity: Has featured with Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled (who gave him his biggest hit with "I'm On One"), Drake, T.I., Chris Brown, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West, amongst others.