Born on January 28, 1976, in Coahoma County, Mississippi, Rick Ross was influenced by rappers such as Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. He blasted onto the music scene when his debut single, "Hustlin'," became something of a street anthem. The popularity of the song powered his 2006 debut album Port of Miami,
which opened at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Albums Chart. Ross went on to release three more albums at the top of the charts, during a career peppered with controversy and issues with the law.