On the 10th anniversary of his 2006 studio debut Port of Miami (Aug. 8), Rick Ross sends a special message to his fans for supporting the self-proclaimed “Bawse” for a decade.
“When the opportunity came for me to put together my very first album, I just wanted to speak for my city more than for myself which is why I made sure my city’s name was in the title,” he explained to Billboard over e-mail. “My city, y’all did what I needed y’all to do. Y’all embraced me… my fans who I consider my family, y’all helped me get here and I couldn’t do this without you. Through the years I’ve been fortunate and what I’ve always appreciated about Miami has been the hustle. I had no choice, the city gave me no choice and I had to make it work. I didn’t take no for an answer.”
The Maybach Music Group chief will also host a special Port of Miami concert in South Beach on Aug. 29 in partnership with Tidal, which will live-stream the event. “Me putting that album together, I was only thinking about that one album in that moment. I wasn’t thinking 10 years ahead or about my career, longevity and all that other s–t. I was just trying to make it happen,” he said.
Rozay also teases “big surprises” for his upcoming show. “Me partnering up with Tidal is huge for me,” he continued. “I wanted to perform in my city, for y’all, my family, for the world to see. We live streaming this and this is going to be for everybody that ever supported me or showed me love. We gonna have some big surprises and it’s gonna be dope!”
In 2006, the Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam release Port of Miami hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Led by the single “Hustlin’,” the set sold 187,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan.