So there's been a local rumor existing for quite some time that famous Miami rapper Rick Ross used to work as a correctional officer before he started in the music industry. It's something I never spent too much time thinking about, but also never doubted either. A man's gotta eat, and if that's what was paying the bills at the time, so be it, right?
Apparently, Ross claims he never worked as a screw and has emphatically denied knowing anything about it. Whenever the rumor is brought up, Ross shoots it down. He raps about coming up in the streets and moving tons of weight as a drug dealer, so maybe he's got an image to protect and doesn't want to admit that he used to be an officer of the law.
Check out this video below with an official denial. And a cursory diss of fellow Miami rapper Trick Daddy thrown in for good measure.
The problem is, recently a photo surfaced that begs to differ with Ross' denial. Somebody is trying to get the word out that Ross is phony and leaked this image yesterday that, if it's true, shows the man born as William Roberts sporting his old uniform.
Ross has already issued a statement deny the validity of the photo.
“My life is 100% real," he said. "These online hackers putting a picture of my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples’ body. If this s**t was real don’t you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything? I’m in the entertainment business and a lot of people who like to hate because I’m on top of my game. Like I said before my life is 100% real. I live by this die by this. Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake.”
It really does look just like him though. But it's hard to say for sure. Nobody is real in hip-hop anymore, so nothing surprises me.