Did Rawse just play himself again?

Just the other day, I did a post on how Rick Ross was playing himself by not owning up to the fact that he used to be a cop. Then XXL revealed the cover of next month’s issue, in which he does own up to the fact that he used to be a cop.

Talk about a corporate synergy fail. And at a time when my overlords here at XXL seemed to have mastered the art, coming up with our own commercials for the new Charles Hamilton album. What’s next, is someone from Charles Hamilton’s label gonna help us write our articles?

Um, never mind.

Anyhoo, even though I said myself that Rick Ross ought to come clean about his prison guard past, I’m not sure he’s going about it the best way possible.

If I were Rick Ross, I would have just copped to it in the first place, back when the Smoking Gun turned up that picture of him stuffed inside that tight-ass polyester cop uniform. Everyone knew it was him – they had his governement name on the application, and the address was the same address as the one on the inside cover of his first album.

He should have just been like, “Yeah, I used to be a cop. I used to deal drugs inside of prison, just like Oz, or that season of The Wire when D’Angelo became a crackhead – a sort of proto-Dukie, if you will. That’s also how I met my connect, who introduced me to Manuel Noriega, who owes me a hundred favors.”

It may have even had the effect of lending a bit of credence to his claims of being a drug kingpin, for the kind of people who were dumb enough to believe him in the first place. “Rick Ross said he got started dealing drugs back when he was working in a prison, and see, it says right here he used to work in a prison.”

What difference does it make whether or not a rapper used to be a cop, as long we know for a fact that he was crooked? Shit, a crooked cop is arguably even worse (and hence better, for hip-hop purposes) than a normal criminal.

Denzel Washington in Training Day > [your favorite rapper]

Instead, Rick Ross chose to deny that he ever worked as a prison guard, even once all of that evidence was revealed. Which basically just gave guys 50 Cent ample opportunity to tease him for once being a cop.

Even in the new issue of XXL, it isn’t clear to me the extent to which he’s owning up about his past. In the sensational headline on this site, they’ve got him saying, “Yeah, it was me in those pictures.” But on the cover, if you notice, they’ve got him talking about how he never had a credibility problem, and he still doesn’t.

Oh, really?

Because to me it looks like he’s in full-on damage control mode – Fiddy Cent pwned him about as bad as anyone could possibly be pwned, on the Internets, and now he’s trying to save face by copping a plea with regard to his once being a cop. If that’s not a credibility problem, I’d like to know what is.

Then there’s the fact that it’s in XXL, i.e. the house that Fiddy Cent built, so I’m sure everyone’s just gonna view it as Fiddy finally forcing Rawse to admit that he used to be a cop.

I doubt the TIs would allow Rawse to be pictured on the cover of XXL in a way that wasn’t completely flattering. Hence the bit with him touting his lack of credibility problems. But that’s just the magazine. And who reads magazines these days anyway, other than people in prison, who already know Rick Ross used to be a prison guard. They probably used to fling poo at him, back in the ’90s.

Meanwhile the website (i.e. this site), which is less concerned with flattering Rick Ross than it is with “going viral” (like Jay-Z’s herpes), just published the quote with Rawse admitting that was him in those pictures. And that’s probably the only thing most people will ever read. What’s worse, it was run underneath a picture of the cover with a caption reading “The Truth Hurts.”

Again, talk about corporate synergy fail.

I checked Fiddy’s site the same day the Rawse cover was revealed, and of course the headline there read something along the lines of, “Rawse finally admits he used to be a cop.” So much for damage control. Rawse probably saw it and thought to himself, Shit! I thought the whole purpose of me posing for the cover of XXL was to make myself look better.

Next time, he might want to see about getting the same deal Charles Hamilton got.

  • LEO

    They say better late than never…but Rawse should’ve taken advice from OJ and stuck to his lie lol

  • capcobra

    first tia..khaleds moms sleep at work..then brooke sextape…and now 50 narrating the video of gunplay knocked out…this battle been over champ…next thing you know the dude from triple c’s gon say that wasn’t him in the video.

  • sealsaa

    Well no one (with a shred of common sense) believed Ross’ Nino Brown delousions to begin with (most notably when he earned a negro please for an interview he did in XXL mag where he claimed that he needed $10,000 a week just to function). That having been said, any attempt on his part to spin that story to his advantage in the beginning might have gotten him in even more trouble. As far as I know, there is no statute of limitations on drug smuggling (especially not in a prison; a government facility), so he would have snitched himself into a felony charge. Besides the fact that no one would’ve believed that shit anyway.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

      I read somewhere that the weekly $10,000 was his fast food per diem.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    i think none of dis shit 50 cent is throwing at ross will really matter. cuz in the long run ross is gonna win, how? with success, making better music, & bigger moves. Fuck 50, if u wit me, stand up!

    • ty from linden blvd

      better music,yeah,in fact,that’s been rawse whole thing from the jump.rawse HAS TO step it up musically,because his credibility is shot.

      as far as making bigger moves then 50?not gonna happen.no matter what rawse does he will never be bigger then 50.curtis has his OWN media outlet.remember,50 is prolly at the lowest point in his career since GRODT.yet he’s just as popular(hate him or love him)then ever.

      you gotta realize homie,everything rawse is doing now is just to save face.he already lost man………

  • RiZob

    it terms of whose making better music, Ross is killing 50, by a landslide….but in terms of embarrassment (which is the only factor most people are considering in this beef), its no contest, 50 is killing….me myself, im more concerned with music, but thats just me….

    • valdez

      CHUUUUUUUUCH!!

  • te noh

    “Talk about a corporate synergy fail. And at a time when my overlords here at XXL seemed to have mastered the art, coming up with our own commercials for the new Charles Hamilton album. What’s next, is someone from Charles Hamilton’s label gonna help us write our articles?”

    Bol, you’re going to get yourself BXS’d for that one.

    Seriously though, whose dick is Charles Hamilton sucking? Your overlords and this website’s “xxl staff” are pushing Sonic the way they used to push Yung Berg. But then they write a bullshit “Hey, remember Treach?” article like that supposed to excuse all this faggotry.

  • El Tico Loco

    Ross should also look into changing his crew name to something other than triple C’s. After his last XXL cover I thought that was the cup size of his man boobs.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Great post!

  • $ykotic

    The saga continues….

    I would like to read a more objective post on what most people think about “who’s winning”.

    Anyone in business knows 50 is killing them(revenue) on the web. And Ross is in promo tour mode for his album. So Ross has to put out music.

    But there are no rules that say it’s ONLY about music.

    Fif put up 2 full length songs. Ross did 3 one verse drops. They both have crew songs. Banks and Yayo did one each. 3C’s have promo music out.

    IMO do not forget the Em factor. He’s gonna drop and turn the public’s attention away from Ross. After 3 wks we will be able to tell if Ross has a good project. Then 50 can bat up.

    Because Dre is “on deck”.

    Does Ross have THAT album? Hope so. For his sake. But since I see and hear “50 where is the music” I figure I chime in.

  • latino heat

    ha ha ha! you stay losing you fat fuck! ( no not you Bol )

    • RiZob

      ^
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      this may be the best and worst comment in xxlmag.com history! LOL

  • latino heat

    i’ll take that compliment. but why the worst? i thought it was pretty damn funny.

  • PRODIGAL SON

    to be honest, a lot of rappers should be confronted about overinflated lyrics, making themselves appear greater than they are… but seriously, after Ross dropped that “I made a couple million dollars last year dealin weight ” line, his credibility just went out the window… oh really mr. big time drug dealer, in the public eye and yet the DEA don’t seem to bothered about you… motherfucker pleassssseeee… go eat some mo’ candy flossssss… bossss.

  • BGZ

    Someone tell these rappers to stop snitching on themselves. Incriminating yourself is not cool.

    Also, would like to congratulate to 50 Cent for finding a shittier rapper and bigger rat than himself.
    How about actually making music worth listening to? Or movies? Or anything else other than annoying-ass voiced Pimpin Curly videos?
    Not even your little boy fans enjoy it.

  • squadwildin

    He should have just been like, “Yeah, I used to be a cop. I used to deal drugs inside of prison, just like Oz, or that season of The Wire when D’Angelo became a crackhead – a sort of proto-Dukie, if you will. That’s also how I met my connect, who introduced me to Manuel Noriega, who owes me a hundred favors.”

    …….Ross saying that is basically him writing up his own indictment papers….The Hip- hop police listen to that type of shit. How you think 50 cent got Supreme indicted?

    Naw the nigga shouldnt have said that. He was in a lose-lose situation to begin with and eventually, his fat dumb ass is gone end up sayin somethin similar to that any way….

    then he’s goin back to prison::::but not as a dam C.O.

  • giantstepp

    “If I were Rick Ross, I would have just copped to it in the first place, back when the Smoking Gun turned up that picture of him stuffed inside that tight-ass polyester cop uniform. Everyone knew it was him …”

    LMAO!! LMAO!!! You a damn FOOL Bol! But I agree. He looked the people in the eye and lied when we all knew he was lying.

  • http://xxl gside

    He we go with this hiphop police bullshit hip hop police can’t catch shit . Who they lock up tupac muder no big’s killer no the guy who shot jam master jay no. All the one’s who got lock up for doing dumb shit Prodigy of mob deep driving the wrong way on a one way street dirty.Ra ma shoot somebody in front of a bunch of people Shyne the same Bmf drug dealer trying to be rapper come on with that hiphop police bullshit . Until I see a major indictment of hiphop independent label’s that hiphop police shit is some bullshit so come better than that ross is a cop .

    • squadwildin

      you fuck tard…thats not what the hip hop police do….they listen to rap songs to link crimes together

      how the fuck can you find 2pac and BIG’s killer listening to their songs if both of them are dead???? you cant get evidence from the dead

      i’m sure the niggas that killed both of them are not rappers. THey were gang members….therefore, there’s no need for hip-hop police to be involved.

      And you dumb as fuck….MURDER INC was under investigation for laundering drug money and calling it money from Hip-hop

      Yall supposed street niggas are ignorant as fuck…just cuz you from the streets dont mean you know shit about it…..

      you probly gone be one of those dumb fucks thats gone die in the hood early anyway….over some dumb shit

      ****The game aint somethin you win, its somethin you KNOW….

      • http://xxl gside

        First of all what’s up with the name calling you don’t fucking know me that how you prove you point you lose already. Man what the fuck you talking about big and pac didn’t body there self that’s for sho Muder INC. got found dum roll please “not guilty” because 90 % of this rap shit is made up so if you want to believe that bullshit go ahead the bible say wide and short is the path to death and long and narrow is path to life you choose .

        • squadwildin

          You right…my bad for the name calling…Naw not really…but I will turn it down a little….Mr Sensitive.

          And i didnt say Big and Pac killed themselves…I said there is no way that they could live to rap about it….

          THerefore its no need for the hip hop police to get involved because there is no hip hop song to analyze to look for clues, feel me?

          And i feel on that bible quote but I dont see how it relates…but honestly its all good.

  • Master Cheef

    That’s where ricky got in the habit of calling niggas like me and 50 monkeys. Everytime he pass a cell, he look in and be like, “fucking monkey, you’s a monkey, nigger.”

    it wasn’t the best beef ever, but it was pretty tight watching the unit discredit that lame. I aint too sure bout a lot of them Flo. niggas. LLoyd banks went the fuck in on that diss track.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

    @ this point in the whole debacle, it’s become blatantly clear that Fif has won the bullying match & Ross is the more quality rapper. Nothing is going to change that perception, regardless of which dude one root’s for.

    But Bol, mad cats stopped by to show you love on your 3 years & we couldn’t even get so much as a “thanks, ninjas” or “good lookin out, fruits”?

    Where’s the love (no homo)?

    • latino heat

      damn Tony G. i usually agree with you on most thing’s. but Bitch Ross being a better quality rapper then ANYBODY is a stretch. not saying 50 is great (or even good) but anybody’s better then Ross’s a-b-c “rhymes”.

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

        C’mon heat, I think I have a better reputation than that.
        I was referring to 50 vs Ross. Not just ANYBODY. I was talking about in regards to their so-called “beef”.

        Most people ARE better than Ross, easily.

  • dark vanilla

    this what they think about you willams… ^^^^

  • amar

    haha someone’s bitter at a certain magazine

    • FlapJack

      Wouldn’t it be great if TPAR took his job? Keep it up Bol!