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July 28, 2008

From the smoking gun:

Rick Ross’s Jail Time

Rapper’s screw history detailed in Department of Corrections file

JULY 28–We don’t mean to pile on the beleaguered gangster rapper (and former prison guard) Rick Ross, but a Freedom of Information request has turned up additional documents chronicling the performer’s penal career. As we previously reported, despite vehement denials from Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts), Florida Department of Corrections (DoC) records show that the 32-year-old hip-hop star worked as a correctional officer for 18 months, until he resigned his $25,794.34 post in June 1997. In response to a TSG request, DoC officials released Ross’s 86-page personnel file, excerpts of which you’ll find on the following pages. The documents include Ross’s employment application (below), which notes that he was a 1994 graduate of Miami’s Carol City Senior High School and spent a year at Georgia’s Albany State College, where he studied Criminal Justice. On a personal history form, he identifies Tommie Ann Roberts as his mother and Tawanda Roberts as his sister. Both women are prominently thanked in the liner notes to Ross’s 2008 album “Trilla.”

Additionally, according to Florida Secretary of State records, Tommie and Tawanda serve as officers of Rick Ross Charities, a not-for-profit whose current address is identical to the one Ross himself provided on his DoC employment records. Other personnel records include a fingerprint card that was used during a criminal background check, and the resulting report showing that Ross was clean. In a supplemental application, Ross agreed to perform a wide ranger of correctional officer duties, including “shoot an inmate attempting to escape.” He also signed a loyalty oath, listed Tawanda as his life insurance beneficiary, and received a certificate marking his completion of 540 hours of training. Ross’s letter of appointment, payroll information, and “Certificate of Appreciation” for perfect attendance were also included in the DoC documents. The file also contains copies of Ross’s Mississippi birth certificate, his Social Security card, and the former screw’s June 1997 resignation letter, which offers the DoC thanks for “your interest in my career and for the experience I’ve gained through my employment.”

34 Comments leave one →
  1. AuthorityFigure permalink
    July 28, 2008 5:18 pm

    Studied Criminal Justice in college? lol

    Plies is next I guess. lol

  2. Johnny Wishbone permalink
    July 28, 2008 5:20 pm

    come on now.. seriously.. you couldn’t look at dude and tell he was fugazy? i mean everything he did he was trying TOO hard.. especially that stupid fuccen medallion made in his own image. dumb fat fucc..

  3. Esteban Isaola permalink
    July 28, 2008 5:54 pm

    This shit is getting fucking old he give a fuck! All them niggaz lie! NWA lied! Motherfukin Ice T and fucking Ice cube play fucking cops how come no one is getting at that?Remember these were the people that said fuck the police and how they use to kill cops and shit!

  4. July 28, 2008 6:06 pm

    yeah that is a good point

    Ice t is a regular don johnson now and ice cube, who knows what gay movie

    he will do next.

    friday was his only good one.

    the only retard here is the guy who runs this site and thinks this is a big deal…its not.

  5. jay permalink
    July 28, 2008 6:23 pm

    HA HA!!! that nig was only making 4.75… I know he rich now and im hurtin
    but in 94 i demanded atleast 6 bucks.

  6. July 28, 2008 6:58 pm

    Get him outta here!! Your cover is blown Ricky~

  7. flyry permalink
    July 28, 2008 7:34 pm

    I dont care that he was a C.O., but when asked he played it like he was way to gangster to ever do that then he was like Fuck Trick Daddy he’s a sucka and I dont fuck wit him. All he had to do was say it was a job I did when I was young and after wards I got to teh streets, but he lied and further lied by saying he dont fuck wit Trick when they in every video together and are both on Slip & Slide. There are plenty of rappers out there who have went to college and shit and its nothing wrong with it, its a good thing but be honest.

  8. July 28, 2008 7:44 pm

    Who cares where he worked. The fact of the matter is that he makes great music and he might have done whatever he’s rappin about now its fucked up that he would lie about it but dat really dont mean nothin. POLICE MUTHAFUCKAS is when u pretend to b down with the streets and u r a fuckin snitch but if I got on a badge and u know it and I’m doin my job duties then thats what it is. Yall r so fuckin dumb get yall cash up and worryin about what rick ross have done in his life wouldnt mean shit. In case yall dont know his music is all we suppose to b entertained by not if he sold some kilos or killed a few niggas. Yall muthafuckas dumb.

  9. NightFall permalink
    July 28, 2008 7:46 pm

    smh kids dont knwo the difference between reality and entertainemnt.

    Ice T and Cube spoke on real life issues that plagued the community.And the have continued to stand by the need for improvement in those areas but does it mean they can’t further their careers?

    Theres nothing to call them ou ton cuz they never denied their past.Ice T said gang banged or pimped but that what he grew up around.Same with Cube.

    Ross on the other hand completely denied a documented part of his ACTUAL past to attempt to uphold a completely false over blown image.

    The new south may be producing the most profitable music of the moment but their “characters” are real suspect.I’ll take Outkast anything.

  10. flyry permalink
    July 28, 2008 7:47 pm

    Plus he is a horrible influence! Kids wont look at Ross like he went to college I want to. The look at him and what to be a drug cartell member! Some rapper rap about the struggle of having to sell drugs but he raps about it like he still does it and like he’s Tony Montanta!

  11. July 28, 2008 11:01 pm

    Rambo sold a dream like he went in a defeated a whole fuckin army by himself and heath ledger god bless his soul just went around killin muthafuckas like he a fuckin crazy clown does that mean ur kids gone do that shit? Raise ur own kids and please look at things for what they are and not for what they are not. Because rick ross work as a c.o. and recieve a check weekly for that duty he couldnt have moved a few kilos a week. Dats prolly why rick ross aint been to prison cause them stupid muthafuckas that sell dope daily like its legal they all in prison. U know Wal-mart close sometime and aint shit illegal about them. STEP UR GAME UP BITCHES!!!!!

  12. da monsta permalink
    July 28, 2008 11:02 pm

    Who cares that he was a C.O. He puts out better music some of the other BS we hear in the industry 2day. I wonder what he did after 97 until he got signed

  13. July 28, 2008 11:05 pm

    ice-t is the realest rapper ever. he will tell u…i am rich now, i NEED the police to help me protect my shit. lolol
    like jayz said similar things. sorry, kids. real is in the eye of the beholder.

  14. July 28, 2008 11:43 pm

    ric da don, that is a decent argument but it has holes in it.

    rambo, arnold schwarzenneger, and heath ledger did kill people in movies but you forget that they are really trained actors and have all done other less sensitive more positive movies.

    PLUS we all know they are actors and pay to see them ACT.

    thier are different types of movies…action, comedy, romance, feel goods fyi……

    gangster rappers on the other hand talk about absolutely nothing but killing and selling drugs and no one knows (or that is what it seems) that most are actors because they are supposed to be real gansters….and if they are discoverd as actors (rick ross; ja rule; vanilla ice) then they are called the fuck out by everyone in the industry and thier careers are over.

    at the same time hip hop as compared to ganster rap does portray positivity at times
    so try to be more clear in your argument above……

    rener out.

  15. July 28, 2008 11:45 pm

    also ric…., two rights dont make a wrong

    its really not right to destroy your own society by slanging drugs ,as it is also not right to go into the jungle and wipe out a village with a sub machine gun

    unless they are al qaeda of course……..

    so neither of those examples should really be sold or marketed to youth period.

    in my opinion….

  16. July 28, 2008 11:46 pm

    I ment two wrongs dont make a right, sorry. Im dislexus sometimes….

  17. truth permalink
    July 29, 2008 12:25 am

    you all need to stop trying to convince yourselves that your not fucking whack as hell for still bumping rick ross’s shit.

    the shit is whack, you fake motherfuckers can still ride out to it all day long. who the fuck are these idiots that keep saying its just entertainment, no shit sherlock but the fact is i dont fucking buy gangster rap cds from ex cops, ice cube and ice t at most played a fucking cop in a tv show, not real life 18 months of perfect fucking attendance being a fucking c.o.

    not every rapper is real, infact im sure a majority of them exagerate in their lyrics, but they aint ex cops, and they dont completely rip off an ex cons whole swag and they dont rap like they fucking grew up hard, this motherfucker went to college and shit spent almost 2 years training and another 2 years as a c.o.

    but since when have any of you fucking morons from the south cared about lyrics and street cred anyhow, all the shit you guys listen to is some brain dead ass we in the club fucking bs, you all killed hip hop just like ricky rosses fake ass.

  18. MINDSLAVE permalink
    July 29, 2008 12:29 am


  19. July 29, 2008 12:53 am

    you know what is realer than any of you queer rappers or hip hop fans north or south

    american soldiers (black and white) driving over taliban I.E.D’s at 3 am in the morning

    that shit is real as fuck….not rappers and gansters who bring violence to themselves

    and glorify killing that never happens.

  20. July 29, 2008 1:12 am

    B.i.G. greatly exaggerated his past (god bless the dead) and everybody still gives him his respect. his own moms said that in the Biggie&Tupac movie. yes Ross is a fraud ,but i guarantee ur favorite rapper is too.

  21. truth permalink
    July 29, 2008 3:47 pm

    nah cormega aint a fraud, and biggy wasnt a fucking cop

  22. truth permalink
    July 29, 2008 4:05 pm

    he is still fuckin deny’ng it, he cant handle the fuckin truth and he claims its a smear campaign? if he means exposing his fake ass life as a smear campaign then i guess hes right

    you people defend him by saying its fine he was a c.o., HE dont even fucking agree with you ppl thats why hes deny’ing it

  23. truth permalink
    July 29, 2008 4:44 pm

    illseed stop defending this dude,we aint haters for calling him out, some people care alot about the realness of rappers especially gangsta rappers and even if some are fake and we dont know it, it doesnt excuse brushing it aside when someone gets blatantly exposed.

    he worked for the state fucking holding down the same dudes hes trying to act like he is now, the only fucking people still riding with this guy are the ignorant who werent even in to real gangsta rap anyhow, and soem cornball motherfuckers from dade county.

  24. nicole permalink
    July 29, 2008 4:58 pm

    I think this is really getting rediculous. Since when did HATIN become the thing to do in the industry. Who cares what Rick Ross used to do cuz im sure they asses probably did some shit that wasnt considered gangsta (if thats what u wanna call it) to alot of people and being a petty person is definitely not the way to go. What happened to congratulatin and givin people they props. This shit is stupid and im really startin to think alot of the newcomers in the industry aint real cuz u know a old head aint about this type of mess. GET A LIFE!!!!!

  25. dj speed permalink
    July 29, 2008 6:09 pm


  26. July 29, 2008 6:49 pm

    90% of rappers are fake, anybody who stops listening to an artist because he lies or is fake, is a faggot and a loser for believing the person in the first place. “I stop listening to Rick Ross becuase I found out he is fake” lolol what dumb motherfucker actually believs the shit they hear come out these people’s mouths. Tupac wasn’t hard at first, nor was Biggie, and Jay-Z aint sell big dope in the hood. Man you people are stupid

  27. $murfdawg permalink
    July 29, 2008 9:18 pm

    Aclassic instance of when “Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”

    Keep it 100% you still cool in my book i dont care you coulda said you did what you had to do but wasnt making ends meet and you got to slangin thats what most folks do I dont know about workin for the law but most slangers had jobs tried to go to school it wasnt for them just stop while you are ahead

  28. Script permalink
    July 29, 2008 10:34 pm

    all rappers are the same.. lil wayne.. ll cool j.. mobb deep.. snoop!!!!!.. these are rap niggaz.. none of this shits for real.. none of it is surprisin

  29. K-Money aka Young Money permalink
    July 29, 2008 11:46 pm

    man who tha fuk cares. really. lil wayne kissed a muthafuckin man & rappers still fuk wit him and niggaz still buy his fuckin albums!!!! This nigga waz a c.o. when he waz fuckin 19. that nigga 30 sumthin now!!!! WTF!!!!!!! tha only thing i don’t like about it iz that he lied about tha shit, but at the end of tha muthafukin day it waz just a job. it’s not like tha muthafuka snitched on a nigga or waz actually out on tha streets lockin niggaz up.BOTTOM LINE: WEEZY KISSES BABY ON THA LIPS!!! If that shit didn’t kill weezy’s career, this shit should’nt kill ross’ neither!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. prettygyrl permalink
    July 30, 2008 9:21 am


  31. well permalink
    July 31, 2008 3:30 am

    nigga just scared its goin fucked his career up,hell niggas in the hood didnt know,probably wouldnt known if (The 5 fingers),wouldnt did the research,but wayne kissing baby was so off the wall shit and surprisly it didnt do ish to his career

  32. July 31, 2008 5:01 am

    I agree that he should have just confessed especially when there is evidence, didn’t he learn anything in criminal justice, the evidence isn’t just circumstantial either. Come on Rick I bought your album not the bootleg, you owe it your real fans to just be straight up, and for real if Lil Wayne’s career survived dat kiss yours can definitely survive……

  33. July 31, 2008 6:52 pm

    lol @ all you haters.

    broke ass hatin ass niggas, stop hatin and get money.

  34. truth permalink
    August 1, 2008 1:20 am

    problem is people pushed the kiss aside just like they wanna do with this, honestly i havent been a fan of weezy since that gay shit and his first cd was hot

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