5. Rick Ross
Label: Maybach Music Group/Def Jam
From: Miami, FL
Active Since: 2000
Career Highlights: Founded Maybach Music Group, was the first artist signed to Ciroc Entertainment, received gold certification on three of his solo albums, his two singles "Hustlin'" and "The Boss went platinum, and had a guest verse on the Grammy nominated DJ Khaled track "I'm On One."
What does one do when his career is jeopardized by his officer past being revealed? He starts dropping more hits, builds an empire, and becomes The Boss. Since Deeper Than Rap, Rick Ross has rebuilt the rap game in his image and has built a persona that's larger that's bigger than his ridiculously rotund figure. There's no doubt that he'll continue to top himself, because that's just what bosses do.