Rick Ross Introduces Triple C’s Compound

Rick Ross Introduces Triple C’s Compound

TRIPLE C’s – Carol City Cartel
Members – Rick Ross, Gunplay, Torch & Young Breed
Album Title – Custom Cars & Cycles
Album Release Date – 10.27

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Biography

Not since the Hot Boys has there been a rap group to emerge from the South with as much impact as the Triple C’s. Comprised of lyrical giants Gunplay, Torch, Young Breed and platinum selling recording artist Rick Ross, the quartet strikes a fine balance between guttural street music and radio-ready anthems that has been setting the streets of Miami-Dade County on fire for over a decade.

The spark began when Ross was introduced to Gunplay back in 1997. Natives of Carol City, Florida, the then-aspiring rappers were making names for themselves around their hood as solo artists before deciding to join forces because of their shared passion for hip-hop. The following year they met Bronx, NY transplant Torch, who moved to Florida in 1998 after a string of legal troubles up north. Despite their varied pasts, the three MCs quickly discovered they had an undeniable chemistry in the studio that led to the formation of the Carol City Cartel, better known as Triple C’s. “Triple C’s was a street clique that I was watchin’ form and the music kinda blossomed over time,” says Ross. “It was only right that we put the music part together–it just fell into place.”

Over the course of the next few years, Triple C’s consistently built their buzz locally with a host of mixtape releases. Ross managed to snag a brief solo deal with Suave House Records in the early 2000’s before aligning himself with Miami’s Slip-N-Slide Records. Following a few notable appearances on label mate Trina’s releases (2002’s “Told Y’all” and 2005’s “I Gotta”) Ross gained national exposure of his own in 2006 with his breakout single, “Hustlin’.” The monstrous record led to a deal with Def Jam Records and the release of his platinum debut, Port of Miami. Although Ross’ solo star was starting to take off, the Teflon Don remained loyal to his Triple C’s brethren, featuring Gunplay and Torch on the braggadocios “It Ain’t a Problem.” When Ross’ sophomore effort, Trilla, dropped two years later, Triple C’s rode shotgun once again on the southern bounce track “Reppin’ My City.” The back-to-back appearances, as well as touring the world with the Boss, helped introduce the group to an even wider audience, which was consistently growing as Ross’ chokehold on the charts remained as strong as ever. “We know a boss from a false and Ross is a boss the way he handle shit,” says Gunplay. “It’s just now the world finally finding out but the man been on this before the rap shit. We always followed him and he always steered us in the right direction to get rich and different ways of making money.”

By 2009 Ross’ appeal had grown to the point where he partnered with Def Jam for the release of his third consecutive No. 1 album, 2009’s Deeper Than Rap, which dropped via his own label, Maybach Music Group. Finally in a position to bring his homies to the forefront, Ross prepared to sign Triple C’s to a contract. Before sealing the deal in July 2009, though, the group went through a slight lineup change with the addition of longtime affiliate, Young Breed. The 22-year-old Carol City rapper, who had been tearing up the mixtape circuit for years, added a refreshing spark of energy to the group’s already explosive dynamic. Breed’s raw in your face delivery is the epitome of Carol City’s harsh realities and provided the perfect counterbalance to Torch’s lyrical precision, Gunplay’s unorthodox bars and Ross’ proven star power. “It’s so good being in a group and have four individuals that can actually bring different concepts to the table,” says Breed. “I’m that young street, gutter sound. I’m giving you the hood 101 so my style is a different kinda breed. I’m relating to that young generation. That’s basically what I’m here for, I’m the face of the hood.”

With the lineup finalized, Triple C’s began prepping the release of their national debut, Custom Cars & Cycles. Spearheaded by the high-octane anthem “Go,” featuring Birdman, the album is a hood classic in the making with tracks ranging from aggressive street records to infectious club cuts for the ladies. The list of all-star guests includes Bun B (“Break It Down”), Akon (“I’ma Hustler”), Young Jeezy (“Everyday”) and Mack 10 (“Chickens”), just to name a few. Much like Ross’ ascension to the top of the rap game, it’s only a matter of time before Triple C’s becomes the biggest group that ya seen thus far. “We comin’, man,” says Torch. “I tell niggas all the time if this shit work out exactly how everybody feel it’s gonna work out we gonna corner the market. We the future ’cause I got the North, Gunplay and Breed got the South, and of course Ross is the Boss and he gonna keep doing what he been doing. Three No. 1 albums back-to-back and the fourth one coming.”

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