Southern rapper Rick Ross proclaims his greatness and inability to be defeated in the new issue of RESPECT magazine.
Asked about maintaining credibility despite past employment as a corrections officer, Ross said his ability to fend off attacks on his image makes him unstoppable.
“That’s why I’m still here, stronger than ever, richer than ever, bigger than ever,” Ross said in an interview with Elliott Wilson. “I’m going to call the shots as long as I want to. That’s the difference between [me and] other n*ggas who talk about it. Who really be about it? Who really bringing money to the table for n*ggas? Who really bawsed it up, who really putting their egos to the side and wanna see their partners win? Who really wanna see their lil’ homies have a good Christmas? That’s what really separates the true bosses, you know what I mean?” (RESPECT)
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)
After back-and-forth disses between 50 Cent and Ross, G-Unit’s Tony Yayo weighed in on his camp hurting the “Boss'” image.
“I started looking at it like we beat him and he didn’t even know he was beat,” Yayo explained in a May 2009 interview. “You had the sex tape out there and all that. I felt like he lost already…To me, he didn’t win the battle because his baby’s mother was on the Internet having sex with some other guy. I feel like when Fif stopped answering him, it got kind of boring…I feel like we ruined Rick Ross’ career. I mean, you could have the No. 1 record in the country, but he had a 68 percent drop in the next week. Nobody likes a cop. The guy’s a cop at the end of the day. People always try to diss G-Unit but you got a C.O. right in front of your face. And he admitted that he was the guy in the picture. I’m not gonna beef with police. There’s no winning with that. He’s a cop.” (Hip Hop Game)
Despite the beefs, Ross fought forward by releasing chart-topping albums and recently signed a deal with Warner Bros. for his Maybach Music Group label.
Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group has found a place to park. After meeting with various labels, the Miami rapper has signed a deal to bring his roster of talent to Warner Bros. Records. “Its official!!!!!! @maybachmusicgrp has partnered with Warner Bros!!!!!!!!!!!s/o Lyor Cohen..Tod..Joey I.e..dallas..and my brother Gucci Pucci,” tweeted the Bawse in the early hours of Saturday. “Deal of the CENTURY!!!!!!!!!!!!! #MMG #WB.” While details have yet to be announced, the deal is expected to include distribution, marketing, and promotion for artists Ross signs to his imprint. (Rap-Up)
Check out a recent Rick Ross interview below: