Rick Ross is rap music's yin and yang. Come to think of it, he might actually have the symbol tattooed somewhere on his prodigious belly. But what I mean is that his magnetism is based on a duality. Ross, a former corrections officer, largely tells tales of the cocaine trade. Also, technically, he's kind of terrible at rapping. His lyrical wordplay is average at best. And yet, the 38-year-old sucks you with sheer volume, with his I'm-gonna-take-my-own-damn-time walrus barks. His rhymes are super easy for kids to karaoke along to—as it's pretty much just shouting. That being said, no other MC has made such consistently entertaining big budget hip-hop records for the streets (note: not radio, not critics) over the last five years.
Fun fact: The girl saying "Mayback Music" in all his songs is Aussie Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Jessica Gomes.