With his third solo album, Deeper Than Rap, slated for an April 21st release, Rick Ross is gracing the cover of XXL magazine’s upcoming May issue.
In the cover story written by news editor Clover Hope, Ross addresses initially denying being a correctional officer, his street credibility and his feud with 50 Cent, among other things. This marks the second time the Boss graces the cover of XXL. He first posed alongside DJ Khaled, Trina and Flo Rida for XXL’s July 2008 issue and now gets to shine solo on the May 2009 issue. Here are choice quotes from the cover story.-XXL Staff
On Denying Being A Correctional Officer
“Me not answering or addressing that situation has nothing to do with my career. I’ve accomplished enough, and I’ve made enough money for me to be good… Yes, it was me in those pictures. But I’ma tell you this. Me taking that job, I was doing my job. You understand what I mean?”
On His Street Credibility
“The stuff I talk about is real. The dope is real. The gun talk is official. Look up Kenneth ‘Boobie’ Williams. Look where he’s from. That’s not nothing to be proud of. I wish that on no man. But, just to let you know, that’s what I witnessed. It’s a reality. I cannot discuss certain people that’s still in the streets, and I will not. I took a street oath, and I’ma live by that, and I’ma die by that. And it’s not about a music career, ’cause that sh*t, I’m good. It’s about me and being in the streets.”
On His Feud With 50 Cent
“50 Cent made a statement [that he'll] ruin somebody life. Where I come from, it takes a AK-47 to do that. Cartoons, we laugh—funny. You put on a wig, come out the closet—funny. At the end of the day, we in the streets finna drop another No.1 album, we pressing on.”
XXL magazine’s May 2009 issue featuring Rick Ross on the cover hits newsstands April 7th.