August 15, 2012


Rick Ross Opens Up About His Time as a Correctional Officer

Bennett Raglin
Bennett Raglin

Rick Ross is one of the biggest names in hip-hop now – his most recent album, God Forgives, I Don’t just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, with 218,000 sold. But back in the day, before the personal chefs, massive legal fees and Andre 3000 collabos, he once worked as a correctional officer in a Florida prison. Not surprisingly, Rozay, who took his rap name from famed drug dealer Freeway Ricky Ross, hasn’t said much about his time as a CO. That is, until now.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Ross explains his reasoning for taking the gig, saying it was a way to settle down after his friend was sentenced to 10 years for trafficking cocaine and heroin.

"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 said. "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. 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 f-king corrections officer. Just go sit down somewhere."

So there you have it. And since he mentions PB & J sandwiches as well as franks and beans, you should see how his new diet inspired God Forgives. Or, if you're feeling more gluttonous, check out this exhaustive list of every Rick Ross food reference.