Port of Miami (album)

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Port of Miami
Port of miami.jpg
Studio album by Rick Ross
Released August 8, 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre Hip hop
Length 77:49
Label Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam, Poe Boy
Producer Cool & Dre, Jazze Pha, DJ Khaled, J. Venom, DJ Toomp, Mario Winans, The Runners, J. R. Rotem, Akon
Rick Ross chronology
Port of Miami
Singles from Port of Miami
  1. "Hustlin'"
    Released: March 11, 2006
  2. "Push It"
    Released: May 17, 2006

Port of Miami is the debut studio album by American rapper Rick Ross. Originally titled Career Criminal,[1] the album was renamed, in reference to Miami being a major arrival destination for cocaine shipments to America. The album was released August 8, 2006, on Slip-n-Slide Records, Def Jam Recordings and Poe Boy Entertainment. The album was engineered by Miami-based songwriting and production team The Monsters & The Strangerz. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 187,000 copies sold in its first week.[2]

The album's first single, "Hustlin' ", received an exorbitant amount of airplay. The remix version features Jay-Z and Young Jeezy. The album's second single, "Push It", produced by J. R. Rotem. This track samples the song "Push It to the Limit" from the movie Scarface. Port of Miami was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 8, 2006 with over 500,000 copies.[3] According to Soundscan, the album has sold 857,000 copies to date. It was later certified Platinum by the RIAA In July 2016.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
DJBooth.net 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[6]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[7]
RapReviews 7/10 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (5.4/10)[9]
Stylus Magazine C−[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3/4 stars[12]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[13]

Port of Miami was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics. Michael Endelman of Entertainment Weekly said, "On Port of Miami, Ross turns the minute details of drug distribution and dealing into ominous, slow-rolling songs, like the hypnotic, organ-driven hit single ”Hustlin”’ and the Scarface-goes-South Beach stomp of ”Cross That Line.” In general, the whole ”crack-rap” trend (see: Young Jeezy, Clipse) is a disheartening one, but Ross’ pulpy debut manages to enthrall despite the drug-centric lyrics."[6] Sam Ubl of Pitchfork Media said, "Port of Miami is a case of invention begetting necessity. Sure Ross needs these beats—he has all the charisma of a cold meatloaf. But they need him all the same. He's a supporting actor, second fiddle to the real, Pro-Tooled stars, desirable not for his authority or presence but for his utter blankness. Def Jam could heli-drop any bozo into such glorious ambiance and score some hits; the album facilitates sedentariness."[9] Jonathan Ringen of Rolling Stone said, "Ross' minimal, menacing rhymes about being a drug-game kingpin feel a little undercooked, but with synth-soaked ring-tone-ready beats that are hotter than the "MI-Yayo" in the summertime (mostly by local beatmakers Cool and Dre, DJ Khaled and the Runners), it doesn't really matter."[11] Brendan Frederick of XXL said, "While the runaway success of “Hustlin’” could have positioned Ross for one-hit-wonder status, he confidently sidesteps this fate by delivering the goods on Port of Miami. With a cohesive sound the city can call its own, the bearded rapper gets the release he needs by exposing the dark side of the Sunshine State."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     0:24
2. "Push It" J.R. Rotem 3:28
3. "Blow" (featuring Dre) Cool & Dre 4:10
4. "Hustlin'" The Runners 4:14
5. "Cross That Line" (featuring Akon)
  • Akon
  • Tuinfort
  • Fournier
6. "I'm Bad"
  • Roberts II
  • Kenny Luckett
K. Luck 3:53
7. "Boss" (featuring Dre)
  • Roberts II
  • Valenzano
  • Lyons
Cool & Dre 4:40
8. "For da Low"
Jazze Pha 4:21
9. "Where My Money (I Need That)"
  • Roberts II
  • Harr
  • Jackson
The Runners 4:31
10. "Get Away" (featuring Mario Winans)
  • Winans
  • Snoddy
11. "Hit U From the Back" (featuring Rodney)
  • Roberts II
  • Harr
  • Jackson
The Runners 5:05
12. "White House"
DJ Toomp 4:01
13. "Pots and Pans" (featuring JRock)
JRock 4:35
14. "It's My Time" (featuring Lyfe Jennings)
The Runners 4:15
15. "Street Life" (featuring Lloyd)
16. "Hustlin'" (Remix) (featuring Jay-Z & Young Jeezy)
The Runners 4:44
17. "It Ain't a Problem" (featuring Triple C's) J. Venom 3:47
18. "I'm a G" (featuring Lil Wayne & Brisco) DJ Khaled 4:15
19. "Prayer"
  • Roberts II
  • Borges
JRock 4:08
Total length: 77:49

Sample credits

  • "Push It" Contains a sample of "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)" by Paul Engemann.
  • "I'm Bad" Contains a sample of "Theme From S.W.A.T." by Rhythm Heritage.
  • "Get Away" Contains a sample of "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow" by Nice & Smooth.
  • "Hit U From the Back" Contains a sample of "Savoir Faire" by Chic.
  • "Street Life" Contains a sample of "Afterimage" by Rush.


Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard 200[14] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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