Motivation is one of the key forces that has driven hip-hop artists to succeed over the years. The motivation to get to a better place in their lives, the motivation to give a voice to the people they represent. Once you’ve reached the place you worked so hard to get to, then it’s all about having the motivation to stay ahead of the competitors.
Built like the most imposing linebacker the NFL has never seen, Rick Ross hit the scene with the swagger and determination of a decorated veteran player in 2006, with Port of Miami. Since then, he has backed up his lofty claims and ambitions with a seemingly endless array of memorable singles (from “Here I Am” to “MC Hammer”) and impressive guest appearances (Lil Wayne’s “John,” DJ Khaled’s “We Takin’ Over”). Officially cemented as a boss (or “bawse”) in the field of rap, the now-svelte Ross has an extensive catalogue that plays like one endless soundtrack for ambition and success.
“Hustlin’” — as anyone on Earth with eardrums can attest — is a ubiquitous anthem that has been featured on TV, in video games, and as a standard rallying song at sporting events. Ross’ T-Pain-assisted single “The Boss” was used for inspiration by both Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A former athlete himself, Ross attended Albany State University on a football scholarship. While he no longer puts on the pads and helmet, he continues to be a massive sports fan. Ross is such a diehard follower of his hometown Miami Heat that he had their logo tattooed on his face.
As the Boss’ birthday is upon us, we see it as a fitting time to celebrate his contributions to the game with a collection of anthems that you need in your pregame playlist right now. Here are 10 Rick Ross Anthems to Get the Locker Room Hyped.
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