300-Pound Former Correctional Officer Featured In GQ Magazine

Rapper Rick Ross – who stole his name from “Freeway” Rick Ross, the real Rick Ross, a former drug kingpin from Los Angeles – was featured in the most recent issue of GQ, where he boasted about his lavish lifestyle, “street cred,” and other things.

The obscenely obese former correctional officer, who can be heard on any popular rap radio station capitalizing on the crack-cooking lifestyle of real gangsters – “I think I’m Big Meech / Larry Hoover / Whippin’ work / hallelujah” – told GQ, “I have my homies bringing me the best food,” which, unlike the lyrics in his songs, I believe.

As an artist who comes from an economically privileged background, I understand wanting to live and create vicariously through those around me, but I still can’t seem to concede that capitalizing on a certain lifestyle one claims to be his/her own is an acceptable thing to do.  It would be similar to me tweeting “Just got busted with $1.2 million in cash and 20 kilos of heroin in my basement” after learning that someone in my neighborhood got caught with $1.2 million in cash and 20 kilograms of heroin in his basement.  People would be like “Homie, what? No you didn’t…” That is what I think when I hear Rick Ross.

Though I’ll also admit I may “simply” be writing this article as a means of releasing some sort of generalized anxiety, a cathartic “bitching” of sorts, I still feel like the world would be a better place if people stopped fronting and got real once in a while.  Ross – who also goes by “Ricky Rozay” and whose twitter name is “Teflon Don,” another real name rip-off – told GQ, “…When you listen to my music, you hear me boasting of the most lavish shit […] But I saw the underworld of Miami Vice. A dude we grew up with was on America’s Most Wanted. An $80 million drug ring came from my neighborhood. The reason street motherfuckers cool with me is if you don’t come from that life, you can’t get away with portraying that life.”  Refer to aforementioned tweet simile.

The more I read and re-read the things I’ve written above, the more I see the inconsistencies, simplicity, and childishness of what I’ve written, but I still can’t shake this burning feeling in my gut that Rick Ross was, well, A COP, which, to me, represents just about the closest thing to whatever’s the opposite of what I enjoy and find valuable in rap music.  So Ross very well may be “the biggest boss that [we’ve] seen thus far,” but I’ve always hated bosses and I’d rather listen to, well, just about anyone talk, sing, lie, anything, to me, than him. TC mark

image – Rick Ross

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  • anonymous

    joke’s on us if someone paid you to write this.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i wasn’t paid to write this…i have $8 in my checking account…if anyone wants to pay me to write or do anything, e-mail jordancastroisthepresident[at]gmail[dot]com…

      • Guest

        well that’s good news

  • Greg W. Howard

    your a fag

  • Rozay

    straight up, rick ross doesn’t give a fuck about what you think.  and neither do i.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      thas whassup

  • http://mrianmbelcurry.tumblr.com/ Mr. Ian M. Belcurry

    Nice point. Seems though certain cops and certain gangsters have same mentality in ways. Like how polar opposites often look/seem similar. Like their body language and tough guy/take no shit mentallity. I realize I may have misspelled mentallity. Don’t want to google it. Fuck the haters.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      interesting / free gucci

  • Guest

    “The more I read and re-read the things I’ve written above, the more I see the inconsistencies, simplicity, and childishness of what I’ve written, but I still can’t shake this burning feeling in my gut…”

    So what you’re saying is that you know you weren’t able to successfully write this article?

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      no, what i said was “The more I read and re-read the things I’ve written above, the more I see the inconsistencies, simplicity, and childishness of what I’ve written, but I still can’t shake this burning feeling in my gut…”

  • Bad piece, bro.

    Ugh, dude. You’re going to be really embarrassed about writing this when you’re no longer a child. I don’t usually go after other writers, but this is just a dumbshit, literal-minded piece that falls back on a lot of goofiest white-boy hip hop criticism garbage. Yes, it’s funny that Rick Ross was a corrections officer, but that’s years old. The rest is pretty lame, dude; nobody tells Scorcese he’s inauthentic for making Mean Streets because he just GREW UP around criminal stuff– if you’re confused about Rick Ross using the first person in his lyrics, it might be time to go back to the drawing board with the whole being-a-music-writer thing.

    • Guest

      Maybe he thinks Pacino is actually Scarface?

      • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

        i don’t think pacino is actually scarface

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      “The more I read and re-read the things I’ve written above, the more I see the inconsistencies, simplicity, and childishness of what I’ve written…”
      can you please elaborate re “…just a dumbshit, literal-minded piece that falls back on a lot of goofiest white-boy hip hop criticism garbage.”

      i don’t know what “Scorcese” or “Mean Streets” is, i have an understanding of “first person,” also “…I understand wanting to live and create vicariously through those around me, but I still can’t seem to concede that capitalizing on a certain lifestyle one claims to be his/her own is an acceptable thing to do.  It would be similar to me tweeting “Just got busted with $1.2 million in cash and 20 kilos of heroin in my basement” after learning that someone in my neighborhood got caught with $1.2 million in cash and 20 kilograms of heroin in his basement.”

      • LilyD

        a valiant effort. nice job trying to respond snarkily but you’ve honestly just come off as completely dumb. this article made me lose any/all respect for your opinion. so, yeah, good luck with that whole blogging thing!

      • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

        i honestly did not try to respond “snarkily,” i “simply” didn’t know how to articulate certain things in a manner that i didn’t feel was articulated more accurately in the piece…

        i think allowing one article to cause you to “lose any/all respect for [my] opinion” implies a thought process that functions in definitive terms of “right” and “wrong,” which feels hard to me to identify with, and while i know this article implies the same, i thought of it as more of an exploration of a certain series of thoughts and not as anything definitive, which is what i think makes “thought catalog” or [anything] interesting, to me

        i don’t respond to comments with intentions of “defending” anything or “arguing,” but rather to try to understand certain thoughts and to relate/express certain thoughts/feelings in a personal manner

        thank you re “good luck with that whole blogging thing!”

      • Martin

        stop using quotes stop trying to type like tao lin that style wasn’t amazing to begin with but your copycat ass makes me blueaghh, also OP of this thread if correct, your piece is cliche junior high rap crit

      • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

        i can cite >1,000 authors who have used quotation marks before tao

        i don’t think my article is written in any sort of style i’ve seen tao utilize before…

        either way, i like reading tao’s writing and would ideally write things i like reading, therefore i consider it a compliment when people say i write like him…

        can you please elaborate re “cliche junior high rap crit”?

  • Li'l Stinklet

    I’m pretty sure Thought Catalog should never run another article about hip hop ever again and just stick to the bearded white boys they understand.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      you can please elaborate?

  • Anonymous

    I like Rick Ross. That’s just me. 

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      thas whassup

  • http://www.facebook.com/beatczar Daniel Dušek Wilkes

    Damn.  Next you’re gonna be telling me The Undertaker isn’t an actual undertaker.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      ‘the undertaker’ isn’t an actual ‘undertaker,’ based on my understanding of ‘the undertaker’ and ‘undertaker’ via google.com and dictionary.com

  • http://twitter.com/MissKimball misskimball

    fuck tha police

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      “fuck cops / police don’t matter” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq72XE_uX44

  • Hadi

    It’s official, the two worst pieces I’ve read on Thought Catalog have been criticisms of hip-hop artists (Kreayshawn being the other). Nothing says “I don’t understand hip-hop” like judging an artist based on his background rather than his music. Why do people like Rick Ross? Because Rick Ross makes great music. End of fucking story, for god’s sake. 

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i didn’t say nor i do feel i “understand hip-hop”…i think i have a personal understanding of things, but i don’t think there’s an inherent [something] to understand, in art or in anything, or something…

      i don’t think there is inherently “great” or “not great” or [anything] music either…i don’t know…

      if someone said “why do you love me?” and you said “you’re great, end of fucking story,” i think it would be nearly impossible for the other person to understand what you meant…

    • Anonymous

      um, what exactly is your definition of “great music”?

  • jack

    these articles are a great way to break up all the bullshit on this site
    have you seen the video where rick ross eats weed? its redeeming

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i haven’t seen that video, damn…going to youtube it once i’m done “nurturing” these comments…

      • Guest

        You’ve responded so well to all of the negative comments on here.

      • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

        thank you

  • Anonymous

    I particularly like how his weight is a constant point of reference. What’s wrong boo boo? not happy an obese guy’s on the cover of your ‘bible’?

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      “boo boo” seems innovative…i haven’t heard “boo boo” used like that, i think

      i have never read anything in “gq” except for the piece about rick ross

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707272007 Alex Thayer

    rozay is small time

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      ohfasho

  • fckufatty

    I hate fat people there for I hate Rick Ross and his fat lazy ass!

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      lol

  • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

    I remember the first time someone showed me an image of Rozay in his corrections officer uniform… kinda killed my ability to ever take him seriously again. (Not that I really did to begin with, but you know what I mean.)

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i has a similar experience i think, thas whassup

  • http://brianburke.tumblr.com/ brian burke

    ‘google ad technology is artificial karma b, rick ross on the radio at the pharmacy’ -dr

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      lol

  • Ben Leach

    yo fallow me on twitter @thinkimbenleach:twitter

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      lol

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      lol

  • dip

    and the Worst TC Article Yet Award 2011 goes toooo

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      award-winning journalist, jordan castro

  • http://gamefaced.blogspot.com/ valerie

    fuck rick ross and fuck corporate rap.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      #killcops

      • http://gamefaced.blogspot.com/ valerie

        naw. #ignorecops #keepitrealhippie

      • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

        hehe

  • Allanmax

    I get your point of the story, but  honestly isin’t 95% of rap like this? I only defend Rick Ross a bit more because he is a Miami native like I am. Being a CO means nothing especially in Miami, the pay sucks, the hours are shit, and you are treated like shit. So why not exploit the system? We do not know if he was smuggling drugs or being crooked or something to that extent. You can not fault the guy for having a legit job. Another explanation could be maybe he was first on the straight and narrow then he saw the money was not enought and got into trappin’ with someone he knew. We don’t fault Biggie for being a gifted student or Pac (tupac), Biggie didnt start selling drugs or anything else until he was 17 and Pac went to Art school and never really lived in a bad neighborhood. I think today’s problem is that we are in the information era where things leak extremley fast and spread like wildfire. Do you think we would give Pac respect as a rapper or Biggie if we knew they were not as bad as they made it seem? It happens of part of the rap culture, you just have to know how to spin it in your favor and so far Rick Ross has been doing just that.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      based on my research re rick ross, he’s never been a “trapper”

      i don’t fault him for having a “legit job,” just for being a fake ass pussy (jk, lol)

      i think tupac is different from rick ross in that, based on what i’ve heard/know, he doesn’t really rap about selling drugs, or claim to be a certain thing that he’s not, but explains the things he sees and how he reacts/thinks about them, his internal conflicts, etc. in an interesting/enjoyable manner to me.  i think biggie is different than rick ross because, despite, based on what you said, not selling crack until he was 17, he still sold crack, which, to me, makes songs like “10 crack commandments” more enjoyable.

      i don’t think there is something inherently “wrong” with rick ross, i just feel aversion toward him for the reasons above.

      i think if the idea of “spinning something in one’s favor” was applied to other things, like running for president of the united states, for example, which, from a certain perspective, could be viewed as “art,” people would be like, “damn, he’s corrupt” or something like that…i don’t know…just tryina fuck with the real and fuck the fake, y’dig?

      i appreciate your comment

  • Uthman

    so, i dont comment on articles because everyone has the
    right to their own opinions but since there are so many haters on tc nowadays  – i just wanted to say this was a very interesting
    piece, and i totally understand where you’re coming from.

    it’s a little disturbing to me too that his image is fake
    (you gotta do, what you gotta do to make today?) but have you heard ‘ashton
    martin music’? that’s enough for me to get over the whole identity theft
    problem. #mrkfc

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      thank you

      listening to “aston martin music now”…the video seems cute…the kids at the beginning…i’ve heard this song before…seems romantic…i want an aston martin…does anyone have an aston martin i can have?  e-mail jordancastroisthepresident[at]gmail[dot]com…

  • zharpie

    Much of rap is about buying into someone else’s persona.  Rick Ro$$’s appeal takes this idea to another extent – he is over the top, he’s describing an impossibly lavish lifestyle, full of supermodels and criminality. He’s the rap equivalent of a straight-up action movie – turn off your brain and just enjoy the ride. If that’s not your thing, fine, but to complain about his fakeness is to miss the point. There is room for a rapper like Rozay (just not too many of them). 

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i understand what you’re saying, i think, and i agree, to some degree, but also feel like ‘the point’ is highly subjective and i’d personally listen to someone i feel is “being real with me” than someone who i feel “isn’t”

      keep thinking things like “there is room for a rapper like rozay (just not too many of them) because it’d smell bad and the room would be too cramped,” hehe

  • http://lovemymuscles.com Buff Gyal

    lol this topic is always spoken throughout the interwebs and to be honest a lot of people who are true hip hop lovers, go to the frauding side when it comes to rick ross. i am from miami and don’t care for the type of music but when i read articles with evidence to support what they are saying, i can understand why people wouldn’t like him because of his past and what he represents now.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      thas whassup

  • Jtprius510

    Yeah, a lot of today’s biggest names in hip hop from kid kudi to kanye west are upper-middle class. You know Rick Ross actually had to change his name to Ricky Rozay after the real Rick Ross was released from prison. I think he went up to him and was all like ‘you can’t call yourself that anymore.’

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