In honor of Black History Month, Audiomack spoke with Rick Ross to spotlight his favorite Black-owned businesses and express what Black entrepreneurship means to him.
The Carol City, Florida native and rap icon, outside of his legacy in hip-hop, has been making major moves as a businessman while inspiring other Black creatives to do the same. Whether he’s partnering up with fast-food chains such as Wingstop and Checkers or cannabis companies like the California-based brand Cookies, Rick Ross understands the importance of having a vision and the drive to execute it.
Outside of his own business ventures, Rick Ross finds inspiration in other Black business owners who are paving their own way across various industries. Entrepreneurs such as James Lindsay (owner and CEO of Rap Snacks), Reginald Bourdeau (CEO of lifestyle brand Fly Supply), and Tommy Duncan (founder of the telehealth platform Jetdoc) motivate Rick Ross to continue to hone in on and cultivate his entrepreneurial spirit.
For Audiomack’s Black History Month initiative, Ross sat down with Billboard Hip-Hop Editor Carl Lamarre to break down his first moments of realizing he wanted to be an entrepreneur, what he learned from his time with Maybach Music Group, and his tips for starting and growing a business in today’s world.