In 2006, Rick Ross was just a guy.
But he quickly became the face of a movement that would make him a celebrity overnight, a phenomenon that would change his life forever.
The singer was born and raised in Los Angeles, where his father was a car salesman.
He started out at age 6, but soon became obsessed with his music, and at 13, he had his first hit single, “Famous.”
His father, also named Rick, worked for the Universal Music Group, which produced hits like “California Gurls,” “I Love You Baby,” “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night” and “Don’t Stop Believin'” before moving on to Universal Records.
In 1994, he signed with Sony Music, a deal that saw the singer make a million-dollar record deal.
But his rise to stardom didn’t happen overnight.
The artist, who also became known as the ‘poppypop’ or the ‘Rico Doll,’ had to go through some rough times in the ’90s.
His wife, the then-famous R&B singer-songwriter Aaliyah, divorced him in 2002.
He was then left without a steady job, which led to a stint in rehab and homelessness.
Rick started making music again in 2004, when he released his first album, “The One,” a collection of songs that included the title track and his hit “G.O.O.”
The album sold millions and the singer quickly went from obscurity to the mainstream.
The next year, he hit a major hit with the hit single “Lust.”
He then continued to sell records, but his success soon began to slow.
In 2009, Ross announced he was on the verge of quitting the music business, saying, “I’m just done.”
The singer announced he would retire from music in the wake of the devastating 2008 financial crisis.
He also said he would give up his acting career.
The following year, Ross’ wife, Aaliya, announced she was divorcing him, citing financial concerns.
The couple divorced in 2014, and the couple have never reconciled.
Ross’s career took off again after his daughter Aaliye came out as gay in 2013.
Ross and her father, the rapper and songwriter Roc Nation, began promoting their new album, The Ross Daughters, in 2015.
Ross has been in a long-term relationship with the rapper’s partner, Drake.
He and Drake have a daughter together, and their relationship has been a major source of the singer’s fame.
After Aali Yachty’s revelation, Ross and Drake launched a public effort to promote their new project.
Ross also released his fourth studio album, I Don’t Need You, which was released in 2019.
He recently returned to the music industry with his new album.
The pop star is expected to release his sixth studio album in 2020.
While many of the pop stars are coming back from hiatus or rehab, Rick is still looking to make his mark on pop music.