In a recent interview on an Arizona radio station, Rick Ross spoke about the corrections officer fiasco that has boosted him into the center of scandal. But while most sites are reporting that he has yet again denied it, I want to analyze his quote. He says, and I quote,

“In the game, it’s real competitive. Competitors have to do what they have to do to eat. We making the best music. Y’all seen the BET Awards, y’all saw the magazine. We the biggest in the game, we the best in the game. Just keeping it real. And anytime, somebody can attack my character, like I said, you get nothing from the boss. I don’t give haters the pleasure.”

“When you get to my level you are a great conversation piece. I’m big on the blogs. I’m big on the magazines. and I appreciate that as an artist. That’s why I’m in the game. I got in this game. I got in the game to introduce people and to make great music. And that’s what it’s about.”

He goes on to say, “Keep the rumors coming. We gonna keep the records coming. We gon’ keep the music coming. Like I said, I’m one of the realest sources of this real street music in this game. Straight out of Miami, straight out of M-I-Yayo. One of my closest homies was on America’s Most Wanted.”

Now I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m loving this so much, I’m not gonna stop talking about it until I get a clear YES or NO from Rick Ross. I need him to say “no, i was not a corrections officer.” just like that…in a complete sentence! Seems like he’s saying a whole lot of words that amount to absolutely nothing. This is not a denial. It is a calculated publicity move to avoid the question. At least that’s what it sounds like to me.

10 thoughts on “Rick Ross: Still A Denial? Or an Ambiguous Admission? Hmmm…

  1. OK. “One of my closest homies was on America’s Most Wanted.”

    (In my stankest voice) SO!!!!!!

    First, let me say, I love this blog. I support you, Kim. I appreciate your voice in Hip Hop and we definitely need more like you.

    Now on to the boss…

    Now, I appreciate him for calling out my school (Florida State) in his latest single. But, I have some REAL issues with this guy.

    His non-admission only enrages me more. I really wish he would just admit it. We know its NO “Rumor”.

    Stop trying to save face, Rick!

    This is an example of everything wrong with mainstream Hip Hop. These so-called gangstas purport a message of a savage, hustler, drug- slinging lifestyle (a lifestyle that they do not live).

    It’s sad that rappers perpetuate backwards thinking by rapping about nonsense (drug dealing, pimping, etc.). Not to say that these social ills do not exist in our community and arent worth talking about or bringing attention to. But rappers are glorifying it. They are glorifying this counterproductive message to kids when they know better!

    Thats what bothers me! Not the fact that rappers glorify it alone. But that they glorify it, profit from it and THESE RAPPERS (Im just gon stop calling them artists) KNOW BETTER!

    Rick Ross knew better. As a high school senior, he did some cost/benefit analysis. When faced with the decision to become a correctional officer out of high school, he KNEW the benefits of having a legal, honorable profession.

    And aint nothing wrong with that, Rick! Why is he denying that at one point in his life, he had a salary-paying job?

    Who is he trying to impress? Or more importantly, who and where is this group of people who wont accept or support Rick Ross’ music if he would admit to have once had a LEGAL job?

    Is he afraid? What are the repercussions of having once been an upstanding citizen?

    Let me know.

    What other things must we deny if having a job isnt cool? Must we deny going to school, getting an education in order to be considered real or authentic?

    What is real or authentic, anyway? Who sets the standards of a gangsta rapper?

    But, he’s only digging himself in a deeper hole by trying to legitamize his “gangsterism” by bigging up his friend who was “on America’s Most Wanted”.

    When did associating with criminals become a prerequisite for rappers?

    So, fraternizing with hard-core criminals validate your lyrical skills?

    how silly. All questions, Rick.

    But, this entire “scandal” is good for one thing. It’s exposing a facet of our culture that supports retrogression, a facet I ,personally, am trying to eradicate.

    Though it may be difficult for us academics to believe, there are some people in our American culture who think education or any opportunity to better yourself without compromising your morals and values is wack.

    And Ross is certainly appealing to those people, those who choose to “keep it real”.

    But, Ross’ actions are counterproductive in terms of how we should encourage a younger generation (and every generation!) to think.

    And I know rappers aren’t in the business of raising kids, David Banner, but you know better.

    Rap what you know.

    P.S.: I think its funny that Rick Ross was “attacked” singularly, but he uses the word “us” as if he’s built an army.

    Naw, its you!

  2. Dont get me wrong.

    I love Hip Hop. I love the art.

    I even think dude can flow.

    But this foolishness…him denying it all…its not cool.

  3. He’s following the same formula that politicians use every day. Even if everyone knows you’re lying, deny it to no end. R. Kelly was acquitted, right?


  4. Hi Kim, cool blog. I agree with others that it’s ridiculous for him to keep denying it – the only way to save face now would be to own up to it and try to move forward. Oh well, lol …

  5. Lol you need him to say it in a full sentence. I just dont understand why he’s making such a big deal about hiding it. Who cares! Just tell the truth and we’ll move on! The only reason this has turned so damn comical is because he just wont spit out the truth.

  6. This guy can’t rap – it doesn’t actullay matter.

    Plus, do people really by records based on they believe that whats been said is true>>??

  7. He is milking the publicity to his advantage. Someone tried to destroy him and he is turning that attack into money. Keep denying it if people gonna keep your name in they mouth. Admit it at the hip hop honors 20 years from now. Get paid. WE THE BEST!!!!

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