Hurricanes

A Memoir
Narrated by: Guy Lockard
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (2,705 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“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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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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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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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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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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MMG

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

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Cinematic

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Paulo
  • 11-17-19

Loved it

Definitely recommend, I'm not a book person but couldn't miss this one, great life lesson.

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  • Dhanny
  • 09-29-19

A hard earned journey

Good to hear about the graft and struggle that took him to success and riches.

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  • Kevin
  • 09-11-19

Really good book

Some stuff seemed a bit exaggerated and I didn’t like his digs at 50 cent but apart from that very good book I respect this mans grind and the last chapter is really deep very good book would defo recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Amazont
  • 09-05-19

not bad

Found out the real deal behind some of the sensationalist headlines that have surrounded him

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  • SweptDj
  • 10-04-19

Hurry Cane

A great background to the man William Roberts. A good account of hip hop history. And a great reflection of our lives and culture growing up poor. The title #Hurricanes is fitting and it shows great strength, courage and persistence from the man we know as Rick Ross. In addition to gripping stories of drug dealing, shootings and song writing it shows the man behind the mask so to speak. Glad I read and would recommend it to any one over 18. Can’t wait until the movie (it could easily be one). Loving the quotes of songs. This made me go and listen to several tracks while reading/listening to the book. Overall good listen 7.5/10 but not for everyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-30-19

Great Read

Excellent read. Shows the reasoning behind his hit song. Thanks for sharing a snippets of your life Rozay!!!!!

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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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  • 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.