News: Triple C's Gunplay On Rick Ross-Corrections Officer Controversy, "That's Just Media Hoopla"
Sunday, Oct 25, 2009 10:00AM
Triple C's Gunplay recently discussed the public's outlook on his label boss Rick Ross being considered a liar due to past law enforcement involvement and said the media has played a role in exaggerating the truth.
According to Gunplay, the rapper's past was taken out of proportion.
"That's just media hoopla," he explained in an interview. "That doesn't stop anyone's bank. It doesn't stop me feeding my belly. We got more money, more deals and whatnot. After that, we got bigger and stronger. When you're great and you're a great artist, people will try to bring you down in any way possible. It didn't work. The plan backfired. It didn't work at all." (Hip Hop DX)
In an interview on "Big Boy's Neighborhood," Ross described his money-based passions as a teenager being a partial reason to his correctional officer employment in the 1990's.
"The Boss done did it all to get money," Ross said. "And what you gotta understand is, if rumors surface it wasn't because, people felt like I didn't address it. It wasn't because of my selfish reasons, but what you gotta understand is that when you answer certain things, you gotta go to what was going on and who was involved, what the situation really was. So what we did was we got with BET and we chronicle my life so people can understand that by the time I was 17 years-old, 18 years-old, I was in a nice home, I was in whips, I was doing a lot of different things and I made a few moves...If Rick Ross did work at one of these places, it wasn't for the obvious reasons. There's a lot of gold mines around people's faces that they don't really know how to take advantage of...Yeah that picture is Rick Ross." ("Big Boy's Neighborhood")
50 Cent has used Ross' law enforcement past to mock the rapper, including the launch of an animated cartoon called "Officer Ricky" last winter.
The new episode shows Rick Ross having arrested celebrities DMX, Suge Knight, Bobby Brown, Remy Ma, Coolio, T.I. as Mase attempts to free the stars. Ross is later seen, still in police gear, recording music with DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and T-Pain but soon realizes his Deeper Than Rap album has been pushed back. Kanye West and Ace Hood also star in the cartoon. (This Is 50)
Ross' C.O. history emerged online with leaked documents in the summer of 2008.
It's been confirmed that Ross worked as a prison guard from December 1995 until June 1997 at the South Florida Reception Center in Dade County, despite denials by the rapper. He was reportedly earning a salary of $25,794.34 upon his departure. (The Smoking Gun)
Check out a recent Rick Ross SOHH interview below: