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.’”
Years 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.
“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