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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rick Ross opened up for the first time about his controversial past as a correctional officer in South Florida.

According to Ross, he became a correctional officer shortly after his friend was incarcerated for drug trafficking:

“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. 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,” says Ross. “My homey’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.”

If you want to read more of the interview, check out Rolling Stone.