Rapper Rick Ross is featured on the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine, and his cover stories features an exclusive interview in which he “admits” to being a correctional officer. We guess all of the denials and screaming “pass!” in interviews got old for old Ricky. His reason for taking that job as a CO? He was just “doing his job.”
“Me not answering or addressing that situation has nothing to do with my career,” he’s quoted as saying. “I’ve accomplished enough, and I’ve made enough money for me to be good. … Yes, it was me in those pictures. But I’mma tell you this. Me taking that job, I was doing my job. You understand what I mean?”
Ross told XXL that his credibility cannot be fazed and the drug-dealing stories in his songs are authentic.
“The stuff I talk about is real. The dope is real,” he insisted. “The gun talk is official. Look up [notorious Miami gang member] Kenneth ‘Boobie’ Williams. Look where he’s from. That’s not nothing to be proud of. I wish that on no man. But, just to let you know, that’s what I witnessed. It’s a reality. I cannot discuss certain people that’s still in the streets, and I will not. I took a street oath, and I’mma live by that, and I’mma die by that. And it’s not about a music career, ’cause that sh–, I’m good. It’s about me and being in the streets.”
The article also delves into Ross’ much-hyped feud with 50 Cent.
“50 Cent made a statement [that he’ll] ruin somebody’s life,” Ross snarled. “Where I come from, it takes a AK-47 to do that. Cartoons, we laugh — funny. You put on a wig, come out the closet — funny. At the end of the day, we in the streets finna drop another #1 album, we pressing on.”