Six Rappers Who Worked Unexpected Odd Jobs

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Rick Ross

Job: Correctional Officer

Perhaps one of the most notorious day jobs in hip-hop history is Rick Ross’ previous career as a correctional officer. In 2008, TheSmokingGun leaked photos of a young William Leonord Roberts—Rozay’s government name—working as a C.O. Although he initially denied the reports, accusing hackers of Photoshopping his face on another person’s body, Ross eventually admitted that he worked in a prison. However, he insinuated that his vocation afforded him ties to more illicit means of money. ”The Bawse did it all to get money,” he told Big Boy’s Neighborhood in 2009. “If Rick Ross did work at one of these places, it wasn’t for obvious reasons…the truth is far more sinister.”

Rozay later expanded on his statement to Rolling Stone, revealing that part of the reason he began working as a correctional officer as a means to “wash his hands” after his best friend was indicted in drug trafficking charges. “This was my best friend, who I ate peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with, and pork and beans with, my buddy, my partner, my number-one dude,” he explained. “Suddenly I’m talking to him over federal phone calls. Hearing the way it was building, I knew I couldn’t take nothing for granted. My homie’s father was a huge influence on my life, too…he was the one who was like, ‘Yo, go get a job somewhere, man. Go be a fireman. Or go be a fucking corrections officer. Just go sit down somewhere.’”

[via Rolling Stone]