In 2006, the Hip-hop industry saw the birth of a versatile rapper called Rick Ross, who would go on to top the U.S. Billboard Top 200 albums chart. He is famous for his hit song “Hustlin’” which undoubtedly endeared him into the hearts of music lovers.
More than a decade after topping the U.S. Billboard Chart, Rick Ross went on to release more than nine studio albums including Deeper Than Rap (2009), Teflon Don (2010), God Forgives, I Don’t (2012), Mastermind, Hood Billionaire (both in 2014), Black Market (2015), Rather You Than Me (2017), and Port of Miami 2 (2019).
In contemporary times, the rapper is more than a musician. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and real estate guru. He has founded a number of businesses.
In 2009, he took his position as a musician to a new height by founding the Maybach Music Group. “Rozay,” as he is called by his friends, is also a franchise owner of Wingstop. By 2019, he had opened 28 Wingstop restaurants. Rick Ross is also a cannabis investor. During the pandemic, he partnered with Cookies, an international cannabis brand, to launch three specially curated pot strains.
The rapper is also a real estate investor. In March, Face2Face Africa reported that the Port of Miami rapper rented out his property to be used as the palace of Zamunda for the sequel of the popular comedy movie, Coming 2 America. The record executive shared that he made $2.7 million from renting out the mansion to movie producers.
Today, the rapper’s business empire is going to be studied at Georgia State’s College of Law. He will be the focus of the school’s “Legal Life Of…” course for the fall 2023 academic year.
Fox5 reports that the course will give students an insight into Rick Ross’ career and business empire so that they can apply those lessons to the real world. The course will also teach students legal concepts like drafting contracts, representing clients, and more.
According to the director of the college’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Initiative and creator of the course, Professor Mo Ivory, the move is to celebrate Ross.
“As a lover of rap music, hip-hop culture and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, I could not think of a better time to study the career of a visionary like Rick Ross,” Ivory said.
“When I began my research on Ross, I realized early on that my students would learn about a businessman who turned his love of music into an empire that includes massive real estate holdings, food and beverage franchises, investments in the car and bike industry, literary works and corporate equity ownership.”