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5 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Ross (VIDEO)

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His real name is William Leonard Roberts II, but that's hardly the most interesting fact we've dredged up about rapper Rick Ross. Check out the video above for five items of trivia you may not have known about the Mastermind MC — and keep reading for more detail!

One such fact — and one that Rick would prefer you not know — is that he worked as a correctional officer from 1995 to 1997.

The "Hustlin'" rapper initially denied that part of his history, even disputing the photos of him in uniform that popped up online.

"Online hackers put my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples' [bodies]," he told AllHipHop.com in 2008. "If this s—t was real, don't you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything? Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake."

But later that same year, Rick had changed his tune: "Yes, it's me," he revealed to Don Diva magazine (via HipHopDX). "I never tried to hide my past. I put my name inside my CDs. My company has my [Social Security number] … When I'm making my music and I'm talking about blow, it's because I did it. When I say that I'm rich off cocaine, it's because I did it. Those are the street principles that apply."

Watch the video above for four more facts about Rick!

Sources: AllHipHop.com, Don Diva via HipHopDX

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