This Rick Ross lying mess has crossed over to the mainstream with some national media types turning to their black counterparts to break through the wall of confusion.

The National Public Radio reached out to Jon Caramanica, music writer for The NY Times to better explain why a black man is denying his positive past.

It's kind of sad listening to the black guy explaining to the white woman why the black community has a problem with a black man holding down a steady job:

"First, there's a historically fraught relationship between the African American community and the police.. And I believe there's some skepticism toward people who represent the law." says Caramanica. Jon C. goes on to explain that Rick Ross "positioned himself as someone moving in the shadows of the law [and his past history as a corrections officer] throws the whole idea of authenticity into light"

This whole thing is really embarrassing -- not just for Rick Ross, but for those of us who have to explain to our white friends who simply don't get the whole "you ain't a thug unless you have a criminal record" mentality.

  • toosexy

    ok so is this really true i heard it and really haven't paid much attention to it.but now i'm getting interested.

  • toosexy

    ok dang FIRST

  • stefany

    WHO GIVES A DAMN HE'S A FREAKING RAPPER, THAT'S WHAT RAPPERS DO, THEY LIE TO UP THEIR STREET CRED..PROBABLY HALF OF ALL RAPPERS HAVE MADE UP HOOD STORIES..I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS SHYT..HE'S JUST A DUMB RAPPER IT'S NOT LIKE HE'S RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE.

  • Sharonda

    Another episode "I Want To Impress White People Vol. 7897928735326479347" I'm sad for our community, we lost our identity.The thing is he "lied" which is a difference than holding down a job.He lied about it.

    *we don't do the "first" at SR.*

  • PAGESINADIARY

    why when it comes to monica some times you turn the commenst off? she can handle it. shes a grown women!!!!

  • starr

    ^^^REALLY......i notice that for the longeset. I'll always be a huge mo' fan,.......i'm at the point, where its like....who cares

  • starr

    as for this post.......

    i live in nyc, and on my stations (our stations), everyone was trying to see what the big deal was......

    Its sad that ppl deny having a real legitimate job with benefits. You know how hard dat is to find now a days.....lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/millyly milly

    damn shame is what I say

  • http://www.crys-thecrystalmethod.blogspot.com/ Crys

    right - no 'firsts' on sr.com, it's much too juvenile. if you say something slick, you'll be remanded to the 'corner' which is much more grown up and mature than saying first - you didn't know?

  • http://www.smokiesays.blogspot.com/ Smokie

    LOL @ Crys... Imma send you to the corner and make sure you take some drinks, slippers, food, gun, wigs, and all kinda unneccesary invisible items since you are retreating to an invisible corner of a BLOG. LOL!

  • bloggergirlz

    toosexy, keep posting what the hell u want 2 until you get banned! that's the rule around here...

  • Cee

    When did it become not sexy to have a 401K and health benefits?

  • http://www.myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    This thing is stupid. Why are people still talking about it? And there is nothing to explain. White folks don't know who the hell Rick Ross is anyway. Their kids who listen to the music might care, but I don't have any white friends under 18 and I wouldn't explain to them if I did. While it's true that record labels like modern day rappers to have criminal backgrounds that fact is that most of them would have regurlar 9 to 5's if they were not rappers. Only a handful of them have been and would be very low level drug dealers doing life in prison on the installment plan until they are cut down by a bullet.