After weeks of Rick Ross denying he was ever a Florida corrections officer before he became a popular rapper, The Smoking Gun has done the legwork that Ross' accusers couldn't and uncovered and released information proving Ross was a prison guard.
Just last week Ross issued the following statement:
“My life is 100 percent real. These online hackers putting a picture of my face when i was a teenager in high school on other peoples body. If this shit was real don’t you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything else? I’m in the entertainment business and a lot of people like to hate because I’m on top of my game. Like I said before my life is 100 percent real.”
From The Smoking Gun's Web site:
Department of Corrections (DoC) records show that Ross, whose raps detail the Miami gangster lifestyle and his supposed days trafficking cocaine, did, in fact, work as a correctional officer for 18 months. Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts) was appointed a prison guard in December 1995 at a salary of $22,913.54, according to the below personnel record, which was provided to TSG by Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a DoC spokesperson. The rapper's social security number is identical to that of the jail guard. According to the official document, Ross was earning $25,794.34 when he left the department in June 1997. After graduating from the DoC training academy, Ross was assigned to the South Florida Reception Center in Dade County (the lockup is one of three statewide that serves as an intake facility for new prisoners).Considering that his says anything fake is to entertain the fake, and also considering that this is basically an admission that his kingpin image is based on falsehoods, does this mean that he is calling his fans fake? It would sure seem like that.
...the 32-year-old performer claimed that unnamed "online hackers" put "my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples' body. If this shit was real don't you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything?" He added, "Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake."
This is a prime example why rappers should embrace their pasts and stop embellishing on some gangster lifestyle just because you sold a single dime bag in high school.
Ross has a new album scheduled for release in the next few months. It will be interesting to see if he lets down his guard and opens up on wax and abandons his tales of drugs and murder for those that are more consistent with his actual lifestyle. I doubt it will happen, though.
And just last night Ross released two freestyles, one in particular seemingly targeting blogs while also trying to reinforce the fact that he is indeed a drug kingpin and street gangster.
In Ross's Life of the Party Freestyle he lets it be known that:
And to add insult to injury, below is video documentation further proving Ross lied about his past:
"B*tch, I'm the boss and I'm laughing at your blogs."
"I'm the glue in the streets, meaning I can get you stuck
The world knows where the f*ck I'm from
Sell rock, 20 chains and I never lost one...
Heavy on the block, never on the Net."