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“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.

©2019 Rick Ross (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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self righteous boring crap

This is the worst book ever. Ross was a middle class kid who becomes a phony gangster turned C-list rapper, gaining zero humility or self awareness along the way. He devotes an entire chapter to apologizing for being a Florida corrections officer at one point. Ross talks like he is Jay-Z + Pablo Escobar rolled into one bad ass mofo. He's more like Vanilla Ice + Plaxico Burress rolled into one clown show (only not as good at rapping or football).

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Copy paste of book heavy by Kiese Laymon

Chapter 1 is copy paste of Heavy by Kese Laymon. Got to stop listening after that blatant plagiarism. Please refund my credit Audible.

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I wish Rozay himself narrated his book🤷🏽‍♂️

Narration was not the best specifically when lyrics to Rozay's music were being read. if you are a fan of his music and know lyrics, you hear the song whenever you hear the lyrics. The way the narrator was reading them off was annoying to me.

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Wish Rick Ross Read it

Overall great memoir, only thing that would have made this better is if Rick Ross read it himself

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Great delivery and so much un told substance needed for the culture..

Initially, I was I bit disappointed because I wasn’t able to hear Ross story from the voice of a boss. But his narrator captured every bit of his demeanor and finesse. This book created a great back drop that illustrated Ross’s early childhood and how he had to maneuver in the fast pace streets of Miami. Ross provides readers with un told inquiries that hip hop heads and readers like myself were seeking for. Good book for the culture!

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Disappointed

On a whole the book was well written and very insightful but, I really think this book would have been 100% better if Rick would have narrated himself. Imagine buying a Rick Ross album with somebody else spitting his lyrics, it just doesn't work.

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MMG

Loved it! Really shed light on Ross life. Looking forward to seeing this on film.

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Amazing insight

Crazy read; I was zoned and hubs on to every story! It’s was awesome to see the parallel vulnerability of Ross through the timeline of events witnessed in the media. I was left wanting more lol

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Brave

Thanks for allowing us into your world, but mostly thinking about your babies knowing their Daddy. The Visual, The Honesty and the suspense kept me on the edge through the whole book.

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Cinematic

Enjoyed listening to this audible. I can definitely see this becoming a film one day.

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  • WB
  • 05-18-20

Average

I love Guy Lockhart’s narration but I found this story to be quite average if I’m honest, but it was an easy listen but didn’t do much for me personally.

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  • 09-08-19

Amazing!!!

This is really deeper than rap. So many principles shared. To Further showcase and the understand why Ross is one of the very best. A true story of perseverance, grit, determination and complete dominance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-22

Wow

I didn’t know what to expect when I first started listening but it really surpassed my expectations. It was great hearing about his friendship with Dj Khaled, his aspirations for for Football and his work ghost writing for other artists.

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  • Numaan
  • 01-28-22

The Boss

Legendary book
I hope it will inspire me to become a boss like you!

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  • Seb
  • 01-01-22

Its a must 💯

I loved listening to every minute of this audio book. I was skeptical about listening to it at first.That because the big boss himself wasn't telling the story himself. The narrator did a great job in executing the story.

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  • Wayne
  • 03-13-21

Good Listen44h

worth a listen and very inspirational. the narrator was really good with good emotion throughout

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-21

love it.

After listening to this made me love your music even more biggest fan God bless.

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  • abi
  • 12-14-20

Good read

Slow start ended well, nice mixture of anecdotes and shed some light on some hip.hop.history.

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  • Wayne Davies
  • 07-28-20

Ricky Boss - Exceeded my expectation!!!!

Loved the book, couldn't stop listening. Rozay is a proper legend. Every chapter is like a small piece of the jigsaw towards where Rozay is today. Really think Rozay could have gone deeper on how he's achieved so much like when he talks about the Mastermind album. The part where he threw up and insisted on the dj throwing him the towel.. Boss levels straight 💯. Need to listen to it again, its so good. Looking forward to the next instalment. A black inspiration.

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  • Kid_Droid
  • 11-23-19

Knowledge is Power. Humbled

Narrator was really, good. I really liked the detail behind the 50 cent wars and how he didn't build his empire overnight and all the hardships he faced.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-20

The Best HIPHOP Memoir

This hands down is the best HIPHOP /Rap reared autobiography. RIck Ross Has Crafted a very well written story . The narrator is incredible and put you right in the middle of the story .At times I felt like I was listening to a movie .
Well worth the money spent.

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  • ROY
  • 09-19-21

This has to be one of my all time Favorite reads!

This book was hands down, THE BEST. I was not expecting anything less than 100% from Rick Ross The Boss. This memoir was nothing short of perfect. I have read it cover to cover 2 times and I can see why it hit NY Best Seller. It surpassed my expectations consistently on every page. I was finding myself listening over and over, rewinding and listening again. So many rap secrets were reviled in this book including, the truth behind the whole Prison Guard incident with Ricky Rose`. Fantastic story that will surly go down in history.

The performance was second to none. I loved the narrators voice in this series. It was so expressive and had me gripping my seat on all pages! WOW

Well done mate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-21

Real One

Brother Rozay paints a perfect picture of reality. The Black Picasso . Excellent audio!

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  • Tanaka Nechitoro
  • 09-22-19

A total Marvel

Best books out there. The story the, the experience is absolutely incredible. Just waiting on that movie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-19

Great Story

Wow Ricky have done it again, List n get to know Rick Ross as a person not a rapper. This book is the book of the year.