When a photograph of Rick Ross as a correctional officer was revealed in 2008, the rapper said it was likely altered and that "online hackers" placed his face on another man's body. Eventually, however, his past as a CO was verified by the rapper.
Ross appears to address this matter on Mastermind. "Feds tore the crew apart," Ross raps on the "Rich Is Gangsta." "That's why I had to play my part, nigga / That wasn't me, it was just a job, nigga."
"That particular line most definitely referred to me being a CO," Ross says in a recent MTV interview.
His past as a CO is not one he would change, the rapper says.
"I wouldn't change nothing 'cause to me it's about who Rozay is," Ross says. "It's about me. Anywhere I go, when I step in the room, I put it down. People know it's authentic right here. They know it's real. So it was nothing that I was personally threatened with. I was just ready to move on. Let's go get this money. Let's make this music.
"And right now, to feed my family, I'd do it again," Ross continues. "To feed my kids, I'd go get it. We gon' get it. My whole team gon' go get it. We gon' win. And that's with everything we ever did. I been winning, though."
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