SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Rick Ross Co-Signs ATL’s Artist Akbar V, Debuts New Visual “3 $ No. Tax”

“See what hustling gets you? Her hustle got her here. It’s called ambition!” – @RichForever

In December 2016, Rick Ross expressed these exact words to Atlanta’s emerging lyricist Akbar V after showing up at his northside mansion along with a bag of Checkers as a humble offering in exchange for spitting a tantalizing verse for the boss himself.


“Sometimes in this world ambition is worth more than money” the Cleveland Ave. emcee rhymes in her new street single “3$ No Tax.” The MMG-produced track was given to her by Maybach Music Group’s camp earlier in the year and came full circle after her unique encounter. Directed by famed visual creator Cricket, the video was shot on Cleveland Ave. in the heart of South Atlanta’s roughest neighborhood where the native is from and currently still resides.

After the first failed attempt to link with the boss at his residence, her #Akbartian fans took to social media to assure her next shot hit the target. Only moments went by before the boss responded in her IG comments, which is also the cover art for the single, and the rest is history.


After Ross said she was the hottest in these Atlanta streets, her ambition took flight and now she’s soaring to the next level.

See Akbar V’s passion explode as she meets the boss, freestyles for him in the full visual above.

Catch her new visual to her forthcoming single “Pray For My City” this Friday right here on SFPL.


Rick Ross Defeats Trademark Suit over Mastermind Album


It has been a year of successful turnovers for Grammy nominated recording artist and expanding entrepreneur, Rick Ross. The Maybach Music Group CEO and Universal Music Group won a Motion for Summary Judgment in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in a trademark suit brought against them by a hip-hop artist that owned the trademark “Mastermind.”  The Plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages claiming Ross and Universal had infringed on his trademark by using the Mastermind name in Ross’ sixth studio album released in 2014 entitled “Mastermind,” the ensuing “Mastermind” tour as well as Ross’ taking on the persona of “Mastermind.” 

When asked for a statement, Rick Ross’ attorney Leron E. Rogers states:

“When claims are made against our clients, we litigate them very aggressively. We are happy that the court not only ruled in Ross and Universal’s favor, but also took the extra step to cancel Plaintiff’s trademark.”

Broadening his ever-expanding portfolio of business ventures, Ross has also just announced two very special new partnerships. The boss is partnering with his sister Tawanda to join the Checkers & Rally’s restaurant “Flavorhood,” by purchasing his favorite hometown hangout in Miami Gardens, FL.

Most recently, Rick has announced what is perhaps his most unforeseen business venture –  a close partnership with luxury hair care line RICH Hair Care. Known to have coined the “Rich” term as the title of one of his most successful mixtapes Rich Forever, Rick Ross will now use the word association to help further develop the RICH Hair Care brand. For more information please visit

The news comes on the heels of Ross’ just-released music video for his new single “Buy Back The Block,” featuring Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz, as well as the recent announcement at the AMA’s about his debut studio album under Epic Records, titled Rather You Than Me.