Rick Ross, Gangster of Love, Covers Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone and writer Josh Eells go behind the scenes with new cover star Rick Ross. In the new issue hitting stands Friday, August 17th, Ross opens up about his past as a corrections officer and shares some childhood memories.
A few highlights:
For the first time, Ross talks about his past life as a corrections officer – an opportunity, he says, to “wash my hands” after his best 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. 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,” says Ross. “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 fucking corrections officer. Just go sit down somewhere.”
After he was suspended from elementary school for horseplay, Ross began attending a small Christian school: “They wanted me to learn the Ten Commandments. I told them I didn’t really have time for that right now,” recalls Ross, who eventually made his way back to public school and excelled as an offensive lineman in high school football. “I got through high school on my popularity and shit,” Ross says. “But my grades was never good. I was never good at math.”
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