Book Review – Rick Ross: Hurricanes

A memoir from William Leonard Roberts II A.K.A the Hip Hop icon Rick
Ross. This autobiography reveals memories of growing up in Miami, being a multimillion-dollar rapper, and the life of chaotic success. Rick Ross succeeds at telling his life story as a hustler, Hip Hop artist, and human being. Bringing us from the beginning to where he is at now.

“Rick Ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story”

Rick Ross, 2019

Rick Ross uses crisp words, vivid descriptions, and casual storytelling to create the feeling of being in a room together. Like the music that carries you into Ross’s world. He uses his own vocabulary throughout the book. Words like ocky, jars, jits, and candy painted doinks bring you into Ross’s inner circle. He gives a different spin to things. It sparks ideas for how rappers give new meaning to language.

The story begins in a courtroom where Ross is fighting against kidnapping and assault charges. We see his current situation then; we are pulled back to his childhood origins to see how it started. We are introduced to key members from the Rick Ross experience, Boobie Williams, Short Legs, Tomcat, Jay Z, and more. Clear descriptions paint a picture for each character’s persona, role, and connection to Ross. Hurricanes gives you the opportunity to follow Rick Ross through life to understand what made him into who he is today, and all the emotions that come
with it.

Ross connects historical issues following the spread of the crack cocaine epidemic in Miami during the 1980’s. A situation that is still alive today in America. Political issues detailing unfair treatment within the justice system. Cultural issues in the music like career progression, and workload. Hurricanes builds off a chaotic narrative that is relevant now and in the future.

“Between the drugs, the riots and the flood of immigrants, there was so much going on. All eyes were on Miami. This was the era that inspired Scarface and Miami Vice. But to me it all felt normal. It was my baseline. I didn’t know anything else.”

Rick Ross, 2019

Ross explains how drugs were around his environment growing up. From the beginning we see how Ross went from riding bikes to moving weight. His relationships with local gangsters set the example for hustling. But Ross used this knowledge to apply the hustle into his life, and rap career. Constantly grinding and working hard to succeed.

“Ten years of penning raps for other artists. Ten years of sleeping in my car and on friends’ floors. A decade of waiting my turn and watching other ni**as blow. And here I was. Still waiting.”

Rick Ross, 2019

These defining moments in Ross’s story emphasize the thoughts that triggered a change in direction. We connect with William Roberts to see the things that shaped Rick Ross. From the first verse to the first platinum album. The story captures struggle, doubt, and success. Through adversity we see exactly why Ross is the Teflon Don in Hip Hop.

“I don’t fear death, but I do fear unfinished business”

Rick Ross, 2019

Ross details his relationships with many people throughout the book, one of them being his father. Who he did not have a close relationship with, and Ross felt like he had left a lot of things unsaid. Along with critical moments involving shootouts, health complications, and court cases. Ross felt motivated to tell his story. So, if he were to leave. His children can still learn
their fathers’ story. Ross’s memoir gives game, wisdom, and the full story of a multimillion dollar boss.

“If something were to happen to me, I want Toie, Berkeley, and Billion to know who their daddy was. And I want them to hear it from me. The good and the bad. I just don’t want to leave any words unspoken.”

Rick Ross, 2019