LATEST: Rapper RICK ROSS has confessed he once worked as a prison officer after initially denying the rumours.
Ross went so far as to accuse Internet pranksters of faking photos of him in uniform, when snapshots appeared on website TheSmokingGun.com in July (08).
But, in the latest issue of Don Diva magazine, he reportedly backs down and admits it really is him in the photographs.
He is quoted saying, "Yes, it's me. I never tried to hide my past. I put my name inside my CDs."
But Ross insists his prison guard past doesn't make him a 'snitch' and it doesn't diminish his role as one of hip hop's hard-hitting heavyweights.
He adds, "I never ratted on a ni**a. I never prosecuted a ni**a. I never locked up a ni**a, that's first and foremost.
"I always felt that me being the ni**a that I am, I never owed a ni**a an explanation. 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 principals that apply."
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