“I believe that what they’ve done is that they’ve taken hip-hop and made it glorious to be a drug dealer,” explained Ross. “You know when I sold drugs, I hid. I didn’t want anybody to know I sold drugs, but now, they’ve got these guys who’ve never sold drugs.” Ross then brought up how the rapper Rick Ross, who worked as a corrections officer and stole the former drug dealer’s identity.
“The message that it tells our kids is that if you go out, sell drugs, then you can become a great rock star… and never go to prison,” noted Ross. “That’s a false message to be giving people who feel hopeless.”
When asked if he was angry at rapper Rick Ross for stealing his identity, the real Rick Ross says he’s “angry at the whole culture.” Ross says he’s not really upset at the rapper because he doesn’t believe the rapper understands that he’s a pawn in a much larger game.
Ross noted that it’s harder for him to get into schools and teach kids an anti-drug message than it is for a rapper to reach kids.
Ross explained that the hip hop lifestyle doesn’t lead to riches, but to prison, where you “get your lights turned off at 7:00pm” and they give you a job. He says as a prisoner, you’ll make .25 cents an hour for a job that pays $35.00 an hour on the street. “And then they charge you as much as .50 cent a minute for a phone call,” added Ross.
“So you gotta work two hours to talk to your wife or son or daughter for two minutes?” asked Jones, to which Ross replied, “Yup.”
Alex Jones pointed out that part of the reason people can’t find jobs is because prison labor is becoming America’s new labor force.
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