Rap and hip-hop kingpin Rick Ross has enjoyed a fruitful career in the music industry, whether it’s performing on-stage in front of thousands of people or making important deals for his record label. Indeed, his musical output has been the thing that has defined him the most, but a close second would be his instantly recognizable appearance. He’s always been heavy in terms of his weight, but in 2014, that all changed. That year he shed 100 lbs. of weight – and you won’t believe how big of a transformation it is when comparing the before and after shots.
He’s considered a rap mogul due to his prolific work in the music industry. A performer, a businessman, an entrepreneur – Coahoma County, Mississippi native Rick Ross has had his fingers in a lot of pies since he rose to prominence in the noughties.
Born in 1976, Ross’ early fascination with the rap scene became his main love in life – ultimately leading to his very own aspirations of getting into the business. And after going under different aliases and appearing on other artists’ work, Ross’ first real taste of success finally did come in 2006.
That year saw him release his debut album Port of Miami after the breakthrough hit single “Hustlin’.” It turned out to be an incredibly popular first studio effort by the charismatic rhyme-spitter, scoring the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart upon hitting the shelves.
His second LP Trilla followed suit, proving that he was much more than just a one-hit wonder. He has continued to release successful works throughout the current decade, with a particular high point coming in 2012 with the Grammy-nominated album God Forgives, I Don’t.
And since starting the popular record label Maybach Music Group in 2009, Ross has also shown his savvy when it comes to the business side of the industry. However, it hasn’t been all fun for the no-nonsense rapper. No, he’s had to battle with issues outside of his working life for the past few years.
Such an insatiable drive comes at a price, and for Rick Ross, that price came in the form of his health. Yes, because of a lack of sleep, a poor diet and a busy schedule, Ross was burning the candle at both ends – leading to him suffering from two seizures in 2011.
On his seizures, Ross said on The Dr. Oz Show in 2017, “One day, I was on a flight and, I just remember my buddy coming to get me, like, ‘Get up, homie, you just had a seizure. Let’s go. We got to get off the plane.’ And I’m like, ‘No… I don’t feel like I had one.’”
He went on, “So I actually got on the phone, called my private jet guy, 45 minutes later, after getting off a commercial flight, I was aboard in a private plane. I boarded a private plane. An hour into the flight, [as] soon as I fell asleep, I had another seizure.”
Ross’ weight – which has become synonymous with his appearance – certainly didn’t help matters. At his heaviest Ross weighed an incredible 350 lbs. – something that was brought on by his extreme lifestyle. It had spiraled out of control, and the first step to fixing things was to come to terms with them in the first place.
He elaborated further to Dr. Oz, saying, “I just woke up to a new reality… a reality where my lifestyle, me sleeping three hours a night, me eating T-bone steaks [at] three in the morning caught up with me and my body couldn’t take it anymore.”
Ross’ health took a turn for the positive in 2014 when he lost a whopping 100 pounds in weight. It was spurred on by the aforementioned health scares, and needless to say, the change was a very noticeable one. But how exactly did he go about making the transformation?
Speaking with Maxim in 2015, Ross said, “For anybody that’s reading this, the dieting is really 75 percent of weight-loss. So just dieting, working out, removing all of the worst elements, which to me were the sodas and the Chinese rice. I just had to remove a few elements like that and remain consistent, and I saw results.”
Seemingly, incremental changes in his eating habits seemed to do the trick for the Maybach Music Group spearhead. However, it was more intensive than Ross is giving himself credit for. Indeed, endless hours at the gym also played a factor in his radical transformation.
CrossFit was his go-to training regime – something that he humorously dubbed “RossFit.” He spilled all to People in 2017, confessing, “I’ve just really been eating a lot better, working out, staying RossFit and still enjoying myself.” However, he isn’t completely ruling out his favorite foods.
He added, “I still eat my Wingstop. I still go to Checkers for a burger, but as a whole, the late-night steaks, and in the studio it was really easy for me to go crazy from 11:00 [p.m.] to 4:00 a.m. I just cut that out.” Everything in moderate amounts for the slow-drawling MC it would seem.
Followers of the 42-year-old’s Instagram account were treated to his workouts and, ultimately, his weight loss. Then he posted several videos of his training sessions. This proved to the doubters that he really was determined to make a change in his lifestyle.
It was certainly beneficial for a bunch of reasons, but mostly, the newfound dedication to working on himself was vital for his health. In fact, doctors had told Ross that he needed to slim down if he wanted to avoid further health scares.
However, Ross doesn’t appear to be out of the woods just yet when it comes to his health. In March 2018 he was once again hospitalized for health issues after he was found unconscious in his home. This represented an unfortunate setback for someone making such great strides in his quest for a healthier way of living.
Despite his personal problems, Ross isn’t slowing down when it comes to his musical output. In 2017 he released his ninth studio album entitled Rather You Than Me.
The year 2018 is set to be no different for Ross, as he’s slated to put out his tenth LP Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill before the year’s out. It seems that the rapper is refusing to let his troublesome clinical history get in the way of doing the one thing he’s always held dearest in his life: rap.