For the last week or so the news that rapper Rick Ross was actually a correctional officer back in the 1990s, and not in fact a major cocaine trafficker, has been blowing up all over the Internet.

I saw the pictures of him posing in his uniform but held off from posting the news because he claimed that the pictures were photo-shopped (hmmmm) and that they were being circulated by folk who are jealous of his success in the rap world….

But reliable news source The Smoking Gun website has come up with the goods.

“Apparently desperate to distance himself from any affiliation with law enforcement, the rapper Rick Ross has recently denounced as fake photos purporting to show him in a former career as a Florida prison guard. But Department of Corrections (DoC) records show that Ross, whose raps detail the Miami gangster lifestyle and his supposed days trafficking cocaine, did, in fact, work as a correctional officer for 18 months. Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts) was appointed a prison guard in December 1995 at a salary of $22,913.54, according to the below personnel record, which was provided to TSG by Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a DoC spokesperson. The rapper’s social security number is identical to that of the jail guard. According to the official document, Ross was earning $25,794.34 when he left the department in June 1997. After graduating from the DoC training academy, Ross was assigned to the South Florida Reception Center in Dade County (the lockup is one of three statewide that serves as an intake facility for new prisoners). When a photo of a uniform-clad Ross surfaced last week on MediaTakeOut.com, the 32-year-old performer claimed that unnamed “online hackers” put “my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples’ body. If this shit was real don’t you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything?” He added, “Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake.” The photo, which you can find here, shows a 19-year-old Ross at a DoC ceremony (he was part of the department’s 60th graduating class). He is pictured shaking hands with Marta Villacorta, who then headed the South Florida Reception Center. Villacorta, now the department’s South Florida regional director, was identified by Rackleff, who examined the photo Ross claims was Photo-shopped. In a recent videotaped interview, Ross replied, “No, that’s not true” when asked if he had worked as a prison guard. He claimed that the phony story was being circulated by detractors upset by his success in the rap world, where, “I came out of nowhere and just took over the streets.”

It beats me why this revelation would come as a surprise to any one. Most rappers of today are bloody liars.  

Just admit it Rick you had a legitimate job and you were earning an honest wage!!!!! It’s nothing to be a shamed of!

I just want to know whose idea it was to market Rick as a former drug kingpin rivaling the biggest names in the drug trade.

Was it Rick or Def Jam?

Complete and utter foolishness..smh….

16 replies »

  1. LMFAO! Every time I see a pic of Rick Ross I laugh like shit! This is funny to me. “I’m the biggest cop that you seen thus far”…LOL! I don’t know how he thought this wouldn’t surface. With his lying ass. You’ve been exposed big sir!

  2. what i don’t understand, is why most hip hop artist feel it necessary to glorify drug dealing and crime. Like if they haven’t been apart of either..they won’t be condsidered “hard”.

    yea, that’s why white folks look at us like we’re crazy.

    we are the only race that glorifies such stupidy….now it’s a trend.


  3. yes Mishal! you hit the nail on the head.

    why does a rap artist have to feel ashamed of being on the right side of tha law, and lie, be proud to talk shit about being on the wrong side.. its like a 11 year old school yard antics. over lame!

  4. It just shows you how messed up the industry is. Artists lying about having a job and earning an honest age. No. Its cooler if you say you were a big time cocaine dealer, shifting weight like you’re blasted Scarface

  5. So what, what is the big deal? I am not married to Rick Ross, I dont want to know about his whole life, he makes good music. So what he was a C.O. , and? Most rappers are not gangsters, if they were, they would be where gangsters be, dead or in jail! He is still an OG, and he is still one of the best rappers out. BIG UP RICK ROSS! He had a good job before, so now he is a dirt bag? He aint in law enforcement now, and he has not been since he was 19, he is 32 now, that’s a lot of years that passed. I dont see what the big deal is.

  6. People in the public eye have to always explain themselves, and I dont understand why, well really I do understand. It is because of losers and haters! Who still thinks most rappers are real gangsters? They can “spit” good, that’s it. They are not “Monster Kody,” Pete “The Pistol” Rollack, Wanye Perry, or Larry Hoover (All of whom are in prison), but so what. Rappers are guys and girls from the hood, who are blessed with a talent they can make millions from, LEGAL MONEY! If all they do is talk gangsta stuff, then let them, it’s better then doing it, our community is in ruin because of so-called “OG’s” “Keeping it real.” I’ve never been to prison, I have a normal job, but I’m from ENY Brooklyn, I’m OG! Rick Ross is a former C.O., big deal, now is all thay matters. Most gangsters aint really gangsters, they snitch on each other, hurt each other, and are shook when they are sent to prison. Keep making that money Rick, sign more brothers and sisters to your label, and keep giving these cats real, jobs, so they can feed their kids. See that fool “Big Meech,” Mr big hustler, he in the FED now.

  7. I live in Miami now for the past 8 months, and before that I lived in New Jersey for 30 years. I see industry people from the New York/New Jersey side of things way more realer then these Miami artists who claim this and that. Seems like the movie Scarface got to Miami heads because in reality Pitbull swears he’s hard , yet he grew up in a very respectable and nice area in Miami, but yet he swears he’s from the hood and talks shit as if he were a kingpin, Rick Ross another poser, but yet it’s something about Miami. The majority of the people here are fakes, driving 60,000 cars making 25000 a year, and probably getting government aid to get by on rent. Eh it’s just a Florida thing, bunch of posers and no substance behind the glitter and gold. THey go home to probably milk and cookies for dinner since they spending their money on a car they can’t afford.

  8. Ok i will give rick ross the benfit of the doubt, i have been to prison and i know there are dirty C.O.s, i was born and raised on the east side of cleveland, ohio. i know some of the c.o.s that used to come into the jail i was at sold drugs and smoked weed, hell there was some of em that would bring weed to us. so you never know he could have been in that small percentile but i still dont like most of rick ross’s music it all sounds the same if you ask me… but oh well he is a millionare there isnt shit we can do or say about that!

  9. i dont know when snappin ur fingers n sellin coke n shit became popular but its fuckin retarded anyway. u get out the hood doin wut u got to. for me i WAS sellin weed n resortin to my beats and rhymes. mind you im still where i was then but still…plies is faker than any of em, ross should’ve came clean. i mean a prison guard is a stretch & the complete OPPOSITE of the “kingpin” status he had. he was sellin coke though. he robbed a dude for his first brick and then was duckin n dodgin ppl since till he hit it big…he wasnt a kingpin…he was a coke dealer who happened to be in debt. either way i cant wait till real hip-hop comes back. i guess its just my cliq thats gonna bring it back

  10. it is possible for him to have been a correctional officer and still a drug kingpin to cover up the fact that he is a drug kingpin lol ???

  11. RE: JAVI

    You on point with that son, im from PHILLY, lived in miami S.Beach 05-07. Biggest phonies on earth, Cubans run miami, streets,political, whateva. Dem hatians is tha gamgsters in miami.

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