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Publisher Description


“A gripping journey.”—People

The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.

Rick Ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story. Now, for the first time, Ross offers a vivid, dramatic and unexpectedly candid account of his early childhood, his tumultuous adolescence and his dramatic ascendancy in the world of hip-hop.

Born William Leonard Roberts II, Ross grew up “across the bridge,” in a Miami at odds with the glitzy beaches, nightclubs and yachts of South Beach. In the aftermath of the 1980 race riots and the Mariel boatlift, Ross came of age at the height of the city’s crack epidemic, when home invasions and execution-style killings were commonplace. Still, in the midst of the chaos and danger that surrounded him, Ross flourished, first as a standout high school football player and then as a dope boy in Carol City’s notorious Matchbox housing projects. All the while he honed his musical talent, overcoming setback after setback until a song called “Hustlin’” changed his life forever.

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
September 3
Hanover Square Press
Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation

Customer Reviews

Tisom1 ,

Read the book and loved it !

This book is one of my all time favorites. All the honesty and detail put in this book made me want to take my time and read it. Being an artist myself I read a lot of relatable passages and also living in Florida I could relate to so many situations this book touched on. I’ve been a Rick Ross fan since his first album and Hurricanes can definitely be added to his long list of accomplishments. This is a must read!

AlvieJay5 ,

The Biggest

The book naturally walks you through the Boss’ life and the meaning of the classics produced. A must read.

Xlvio ,

Great Read. Finished in 2 days.

Great book. Read it in 2 days. Couldn’t put it down. I respect Ross for opening up his life as much as he did. You could tell he was leaving certain details about his life out, but he was still as open as anyone could expect. Great read.