Rick Ross has spoken one-on-one with radio personality Big Boy, touching on his former employment as a corrections officer and hinting at ulterior motives for working in law enforcement.
In his interview on “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” Ross described his money-based passions as a teenager being a partial reason to his employement.
“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)
While discussing his corrections officer past with Big Boy, Ross recently refused to discuss the same topic prior to a cancelled interview with radio personality Angie Martinez earlier this month.
“He did not cancel, I cancelled,” Martinez said during her afternoon show. “There’s no beef, it’s just I was told today before the show that Rick would not be able to talk about C.O. stuff. About him being a corrections officer. For some reason, he would not be able to discuss this today. So I made the choice that I would not be interested in doing an interview that’s partial. I was looking forward to sitting down. I like Rick…I just felt like, no, I don’t want to do that.” (Miss Info)
50 Cent has used Ross’ law enforcement past to mock the rapper, including the launch of an animated cartoon called “Officer Ricky.”
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 summer 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. (SOHH)
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Check out Ross’ interview on “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” below: