You will be home in a little more time than a month. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get out?
Man, that is a good one. There are so many things I want to do. But I have to admit that I don't think it is nothing more that I would like to do is go to Juvenile Halls and work with the at-risk children. That it the first thing I want to do. Pretty much been doing what I want to do here. See, my mind has been free for a few years the only thing they are doing now is releasing the body.
How did you pass your time when you were locked up?
I spent the majority of my time reading books. Self help and business oriented. I have been on a no TV and no radio diet for over three years. I also spend a great time exercising and staying in tip-top shape. Make no sense to build the mind and let the body go to waste.
What kind of advice do you have to offer kids?
This is America. No matter what condition you are in today don't mean you have to stay in it. You can be anything you want to be. And the good thing is it is easy to learn. There is a book that will tell you how to do almost anything. All you need is the desire.
Do you plan on working with kids upon your release?
I plan on working with kids upon my release. I plan on starting a club that run side to side with www.freewayenterprise.com. Where I teach kids the Seven Laws to attract money. As well as teach them how to have a loving and fulfilling life.
Do you remember your first motivation for selling dope?
No question. SuperFly definitely motivated me. And Scarface made me want to push it to the limit. TV definitely has an effect on the way we act among a society.
When did the idea of getting rich off drugs become a reality for you?
Well it came pretty quick. After I saw the potential, there was no glass ceiling or color lines. The drug game is unbiased. It treats everyone the same.
Did you really used to make between $2-3 million a week at the height of your drug trafficking?
I definitely have had $2 to 3 million go through my hands very easily in a week. I have days that it happened.
I heard you have some plans to get into the entertainment industry. What exactly are you going to do?
Yes, I am definitely going into the entertainment industry. Everything is set up right now to do the movie of my life story. I will be having a big hand in that. I will also be doing the soundtrack. I am looking for artists that are interested on getting on the sound track. I am also working on the video game as well as my autobiography. I have another book coming out that's called The BlackScarface. Also have a record label and my pet project is Freewayenterprise.com.
What made you want to work with the Michigan duo Identical?
Well, Identical goes hard. Not only are they talented on the microphone, but they have a grind that remind me of myself when I was in the game. Freewayenterprise.com had a giveaway for Christmas. Identical ran away with the check hands down. We are gearing up to do some more cash giveaways. I know people are going to have to get up early in the morning to bet Identical out.
How do you think you can help them make it in the rap game?
Well, it is really about connection in this music industry. I am a great networker and right now everyone wants the real. There are too many fakes out there. Identical is real and so am I.
Do you think that you will use any of your business principles from your drug trafficking days in the music industry?
No question about it. The principal I learn in the drug business apply in this business. People like people that are far no matter what industry.
What musicians inspire you?
I use to love rap. But right now if you heard one you heard them all. Everyone sounds the same. Turns me off.
How do you feel about rappers like Freeway and Rick Ross using your name?
I admire those guys recognize that the name had branding. But to try to get the people to believe that you are someone you aren't is wrong. And neither one paid their homage.
Have you ever talked with Freeway or Rick Ross about it?
I spoke to Rick Ross several times.
What do you think about Rick Ross’ history of being a corrections officer?
Man, that was baffling to find out he was a correctional officer. I knew from the start that he never sold drugs. No dope dealer would take another one’s name. Total disrespect to take another’s name.
Would you ever ask him to not use your name anymore?
I definitely plan on asking him not to use my name. I also asked Def Jam to not let him using my name. Plan on filing a suit upon my release.
Do you have any regrets today?
Definitely have regrets. Been in prison for 19 and a half years. Sold drugs for 8 and a half with no good memories. The one thing that I didn't want to happen was my kids not to grow up with out there father. Happen anyway. No winners in the drug game.
Peace and Love.
Ed. Note – This interview was conducted via email due to Rick Ross’ incarceration. We will have a more in-depth interview with Rick Ross upon his release.