by Rick Ross
(4.7 / 5)
Hip-hop legend Rick Ross ‘ highly anticipated memoirs chronicle his coming of age in the midst of Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded scandal, and his relentless rise to fame.
Rick Ross is a figure in the music industry that is indomitable, but few people know his entire story. Ross now offers for the first time a vivid, dramatic, and shockingly candid account of his early childhood, his turbulent adolescence, and his dramatic rise in the hip-hop world.
Born William Leonard Roberts II, Ross grew up in a Miami at odds with South Beach’s glittering beaches, nightclubs, and yachts. Ross came of age at the height of the crack epidemic in the city after the 1980 race riots and the Mariel boatlift, when home invasions and execution-style killings were commonplace. Yet, Ross succeeded in the midst of the chaos and risk that surrounded him, first as an excellent high school football player and then as a dope kid in the infamous Matchbox housing projects of Carol City. He improved his musical talent all the while, facing setback after setback before his life was forever changed by a song called “Hustlin.”
Hurricanes is a fascinating portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist, from making “Hustlin'” to his first major label contract with Def Jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the various health scares, convictions, and feuds that he had to overcome along the way.