Years ago, when he was still a budding rapper, Rick Ross was dogged by rumors that he was a former corrections officer in Florida. Pictures surfaced, and then the Smoking Gun got hold of Department of Corrections records that verified Ross’s previous employment. It seemed his street cred was forever tainted, and not many tabbed him for having any sort of hip-hop career.
Yet now Ross is the toast of the town, so to speak, for his new album God Forgives, I Don’t. The record recently topped the charts, also earning Ross a cover on this week’s Rolling Stone. And now that he’s on the top, it’s as good a time as any to open up about that former life as a prison guard. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Rozay admitted he took the job as a way to “wash his hands” after his closest friend was put away for ten years following a drug trafficking arrest. He describes it further:
“This was my best friend, who I ate peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with, and pork and beans with, my buddy, my partner, my number-one dude. Suddenly I’m talking to him over federal phone calls. Hearing the way it was building, I knew I couldn’t take nothing for granted,” says Ross.
“My homey’s father was a huge influence on my life, too . . . He was the one who was like, ‘Yo, go get a job somewhere, man. Go be a fireman. Or go be a fucking corrections officer. Just go sit down somewhere.”
There you have it, though it seems that past life doesn’t seem to be hurting him any. Read the rest of the interview at Rolling Stone.