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Rapper Rick Ross releases memoir – and his story is ‘deeper than rap’

2019-03-06 15:33
Rick Ross. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A lot of celebrities and public figures write memoirs about their lives and focus deeply on issues that they might have kept from the public in the past.

Some examples are actress Gabriel Union, former United States first lady Michele Obama and South Africa’s very own Somizi Mhlongo, Khanyi Mbau and Khaya Dlanga.

And although it’s very seldom that hip-hop artists write memoirs, rapper and businessman Rick Ross has followed suit. 

Rick has titled his memoir Hurricanes and it’s set to be published in autumn (US).

“The book, published by Hanover Square Press, will focus on his coming of age in Miami and his rise to fame, and isn’t expected to shy away from past controversies. Hurricanes is written in collaboration with Neil Martinez-Belkin (The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.)” Entertainment Weekly reports. 

The book will focus on the rapper’s past as a drug dealer and correctional officer, as well as incidents such as his seizures, drive-by shootings, and his 2015 arrest on kidnapping and assault charges.

In a statement, Rick said, “My story has always been deeper than rap. With this book I wanted to go deeper than I ever have. I wanted to tell people about the life of William Leonard Roberts.”

“Most people know Rick Ross as a global icon, but few are familiar with his origin story. Hurricanes transcends the conventions of celebrity memoir to offer an intimate and inspiring portrait of an artist who at every turn defied the odds and continues to change the game,” added Peter Joseph, editorial director of Hanover Square Press.

“From the making of ‘Hustlin” to his first major label deal with Def Jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the numerous health scares, arrests and feuds he had to transcend along the way, Hurricanes is a revealing portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist,” reads the book synopsis.

“Additionally, the hip-hop impresario is readying his 10th album Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill, the sequel to his 2006 debut Port of Miami,” reports Rap Up.

SOURCES: Entertainment WeeklyRap Up

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