Rick Ross Covers “Rolling Stone,” Unlocks Corrections Officer Past

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Rick Ross is finally shedding light on his controversial past as a corrections officer. In his upcoming Rolling Stone cover story, the Maybach Music Group boss details the much-debated career move and more.

Ross explained that his C.O gig began after after his running buddy was sentenced to prison on a 10-year-bid for trafficking heroin and cocaine.

“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,” Ross told Rolling Stone. “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.”

Ross explained that the C.O. gig was a way to “wash” his hands after dealing with his own street demons.

“My homey’s father was a huge influence on my life, too,” the Miami rhymer said. “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.’”

r1164cover1 Rick Ross Covers Rolling Stone, Unlocks Corrections Officer PastYears later, Ross is having a moment as one of hip-hop’s biggest stars. His latest album, God Forgives, I Don’t topped the Billboard 200 selling a career-best (more than 215,000 copies). The usually hardboiled rap don lifted his sneering guard on a variety of subjects. On the seizures that sidelined him late last year, the hefty MC blamed the health issues on his weed vice more than any dietary problems.

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“I’m most definitely an avid user, a pothead, however you want to look at it,” he explained. “I call it green caviar. It’s like a short vacation – it helps me chill out. And people really love it when I chill out, because I can really be a d**khead.”

Ross also spoke about the time he was suspended from elementary school for being a troublemaker as well as his high school years.

“They wanted me to learn the Ten Commandments,” he said. “I told them I didn’t really have time for that right now. I got through high school on my popularity and s***. But my grades was never good. I was never good at math.”

Ross also expressed his thoughts on the Colorado theater shooting, his views on gun control and the fallout following the recent Chick-fil-A controversy.

“Chick-fil-A obviously took their stand,” he added. “That’s their right – the same way the pro-gay people are taking their stand. I believe everybody got the right to live their own life the way they want to.”

Ross’ Rolling Stone cover hits stands August 17.  —Keith Murphy, CBS Local 

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