By Joseph West
Former Albany State University student and platinum-selling Def Jam recording artist Rick Ross will provide the entertainment at the 2010 ASU Homecoming Concert.
Ross, also known as William Leonard Roberts II, a former ASU football player and founder of the record label Maybach Music Group, is set to perform at the HPER Gymnasium Thursday, Oct. 7. The concert beginning at 7 p.m. will also feature Grammy-winning recording artist Monica.
Ross, who received international acclaim with the album “Trilla,” whose second single, “The Boss,” featuring T-Pain, rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Chart, #5 R&B, and Top 20 on the Hot 100, is a former center for the 1995 Golden Rams Football Team.
“Ross was a blue chip athlete,” said former ASU All-SIAC Running Back Antonio Leroy, a former teammate. “Ross was big, strong and could move.”
Leroy said it was obvious though, that Ross had a greater talent for the music business.
“He was always rapping,” Leroy said. “After a hard practice, he would spit lyrics like none of us had ever heard. He was a good rapper.”
Ross left ASU after one quarter to pursue a music career in Miami.
After years of success in Miami’s underground rap scene, Ross rose to become one of 2006′s hottest hip-hop artists with “Port Of Miami,” his #1 major label debut album. The album’s single “Hustlin” was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million copies before the associated album had even been released. A remix was subsequently issued, featuring Jay-Z and Young Jeezy.
Ross released his fourth studio album entitled “Teflon Don” on July 6, 2010. The lead is “Super High” featuring Ne-Yo. Actress Stacey Dash made an appearance in the music video. A second official single was released titled “Live Fast, Die Young” features and is produced by Kanye West. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 176,000 copies in its first week. Ross’s first three albums all entered the Soundscan Chart at #1: “Port of Miami” in 2006, “Trilla” in 2008 and “Deeper Than Rap” in 2009.
Concert tickets can be purchased at Odyssey Records, 247 East Oglethorpe Boulevard, and the ASU Office of Student Activities, Suite 221 in the Reese Student Union.
Advance ticket prices are $20 for students with valid ASU identification, $25 for students in K-12 or from other colleges or universities with valid identification and $35 for general admission without student identification.
Ticket prices on the day of the concert are $45 at the door. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketfusion.com. Click on the “Buy Ticket” icon and choose the Rick Ross and Monica Concert icon.