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“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/>Thejourney.”—


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“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/>Thejourney.”—

30 review for Hurricanes: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    Hurricanes: A Memoir is rapper Rick Ross’s story. I liked his music when I was in college and he was (in my opinion) at the height of his prime, though this was early on in his career. It took him a decade to truly “make it” in the music business - Now known as Rick Ross the Boss, The Teflon Don, Rozay, his songs synonymous with the “Maybach Music” intro sounds. With the amount of memoirs I read, I feel it’s fair to say this wasn’t my favorite or the most interesting story about rising to the top. A l Hurricanes: A Memoir is rapper Rick Ross’s story. I liked his music when I was in college and he was (in my opinion) at the height of his prime, though this was early on in his career. It took him a decade to truly “make it” in the music business - Now known as Rick Ross the Boss, The Teflon Don, Rozay, his songs synonymous with the “Maybach Music” intro sounds. With the amount of memoirs I read, I feel it’s fair to say this wasn’t my favorite or the most interesting story about rising to the top. A large portion of the beginning of the book seemed to focus on riding around, selling drugs, trying to make money. I know this is not an uncommon struggle but it was vague and became repetitive quickly. He refers to many friends and associates by their nicknames and I found myself losing track of who was who and what their roles were. The bulk of Hurricanes focuses on his career including his beef with other rappers, two of which were against my personal favorites, T.I. and Jeezy. The majority of them seemed trivial, including Ross’s admitted jealousy over T.I. crowning himself “The King of the South”. He breezes over a lot in his personal life, like the birth of his children. He does, though, touch on the regret he experienced for not communicating more with his father before he passed away. I admire Ross’s drive to get to where he wanted to be, and achieve the level of success he has today - It takes real commitment and determination, having taken 10 years for him to be recognized with his first hit song. Prior to reading this book, I didn’t realize he has released 10 total albums. I enjoyed the closing of Hurricanes, in which Ross details his original intention for the book, the ideal timing of its release, and why he ultimately decided to share it when he did: You never know when another storm is coming — 2.5 stars, rounded up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kiera

    Whether or not you’re a hip hop fan or a Rick Ross fan, this book will grab your attention and pull you in. It’s a very real tale about someone who faced extremely difficult circumstances and found ways (both legal and illegal) to rise above the statistics. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a great look into Rick Ross and how he got his start.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monica T

    Page Turner!!!! It should be a screenplay for a movie! It gave me so much insight. He told stories , that I had no idea! It is a story of never giving up and wait your turn!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yesenia Juarez

    I love memoirs, the narrator on this book was amazing and made this story so much better!

  5. 5 out of 5

    LeeTravelGoddess

    The Biggest Boss that I’ve seen this far! 😍😍😍. I love Ricky Rozay & I believe the rest of the world does as well because he has stood the test of time. I enjoyed the memoir although the beginning started a tad dark. There were in fact things that I had never known but there was never a moment when I thought Young Renzel was a fraud or fake. I’m mad 50 got more play in this AutoBio than he should have, but I get it... he sealed his own fate LMAO!! I was also thrilled to learn things about oth The Biggest Boss that I’ve seen this far! 😍😍😍. I love Ricky Rozay & I believe the rest of the world does as well because he has stood the test of time. I enjoyed the memoir although the beginning started a tad dark. There were in fact things that I had never known but there was never a moment when I thought Young Renzel was a fraud or fake. I’m mad 50 got more play in this AutoBio than he should have, but I get it... he sealed his own fate LMAO!! I was also thrilled to learn things about other artists in the industry and hearing his 10 year come-up; because if it had come easy I don’t feel as if he would have appreciated it as much. Just so y’all know Rick said he is not fat and is very handsome of which you can tell by his demeanor in interviews & videos 😎. William Roberts tickles me and would for sure be my friend if we ever met 👅. All in all, the book was good and I’m adding it to my tops and I hope and pray that his story gets better & he blesses us with “Hurricanes: Volume II” but for now we have to settle with him owning the biggest residential pool in the US!!! Keep climbing Young King— Uuuhhh! Oh & BTW Teflon Don = his best work to date 🙋🏽‍♀️ 💚💚💚.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taneka

    I did not know that The Boss had a memoir out. That is how much I am out of the loop with pop culture. I barely even watch TV. I loved this memoir. I think that many of the music artists should put out a memoir/biography. Would have been nice if he had read for the audio, and even better if the actual performer knew Ross' music and gave the rap lyrics justice. But all in all it was a good read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Surprisingly, I learned Rick ross is hungry and has a big picture view of what he wants in his life. I read a lot of books on wealth building generation but none to strike a chord "pun intended" like Ross non apologetically hankering for boss status. Things my ear picked up on What makes me a boss isn't the stories I tell, it's the ones I don't What unspoken words are there between us? Had the presence of mind to manage the situation I want more out of more If it's not Surprisingly, I learned Rick ross is hungry and has a big picture view of what he wants in his life. I read a lot of books on wealth building generation but none to strike a chord "pun intended" like Ross non apologetically hankering for boss status. Things my ear picked up on What makes me a boss isn't the stories I tell, it's the ones I don't What unspoken words are there between us? Had the presence of mind to manage the situation I want more out of more If it's not a long term play then it's just small talk I'm in war mode Trained to go There are storms you never see coming Fear keeps me focused Deep down your pissed about where you're at in life Living in the red will take a toll on you He lives a real turbulent street life Triple OG if you judge me by my gently manner of speech you have no idea what I'm capable of I'm very certified in the streets Can we work out a business arrangement? The unspoken words between us will remain unspoken Cribs all over the Caribbean The ethics of hustling is complicated Psychotic menace Dirty little fat nigga Big ass crib off a golf course Compare yourself to yourself yesterday Be careful not to be too careful Not secure psychologically Theft by conversion non payment of residents I'm working with cloudy information

  8. 4 out of 5

    Camisha Maze

    Whoever wrote this book for him did an amazing job! This book was awesome from front to back and I wanted more! If you are a fan you will love it! I listened to the audiobook and the man that read this is definitely a fan! The way he read this kept me engaged from the beginning to end! I would love to see a movie of Rozays life!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Anxiously awaited the release of this memoir and I was not disappointed. The ease at which I read this book was refresh. It was like having a conversation with Rick Ross. He's charismatic, witty and very intelligent. This look at his life--the good, the bad, the sad, the triumphant--was a gift. Aided by the same co-author that penned Gucci Mane's story, Rick Ross gave a glimpse into the world of Rozay!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelvin Mafuleka

    Very inspiring read. I read it in one sitting because its such a great story about Rick Ross upbringing during the crack epidermic in Miami to becoming one of Hip Hops biggest moguls. I highly recommend it for everyone especially Hip Hop fans. Im happy he decided to write his life in a book because a movie wouldnt do his story much justice. But if theres one in production I would love to watch it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Griffin

    4.5 Stars. "What makes me a boss is not the stories that I tell. It's the ones that I don't." A fascinating and binge worthy account of a dark and successful life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Colin Baumgartner

    This read much as expected. I did appreciate the sections on Ross’ childhood and his regret that he couldn’t express his love for his father before his father died. A light read that adds at least some background to the songs I enjoy by the guy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Jaskolka

    The life of rapper Rick Ross was very well told in this book. I would of gave it 5 stars but I felt it was missing something after I finished it. Despite this, it's still a great story and gives you better perspective of this man as a person and not as the rapper he is. It also makes you completely forget that he worked as a C.O.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    When we see people on TV, it’s like looking at the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to people than what meets the eye, and to me, a good memoir will take you beneath the surface of person’s life and show us the depths of who they are by exploring where they come from and the private battles they faced behind the scenes while we were just viewing what made it on the screen. While I don’t think this memoir dove into super deep waters, it did provide a decent level of detail into Rick’s bac When we see people on TV, it’s like looking at the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to people than what meets the eye, and to me, a good memoir will take you beneath the surface of person’s life and show us the depths of who they are by exploring where they come from and the private battles they faced behind the scenes while we were just viewing what made it on the screen. While I don’t think this memoir dove into super deep waters, it did provide a decent level of detail into Rick’s background and his rise to fame, revealing the the many pitfalls on the way there including drug addictions and multiple arrests. It’s seriously amazing this guy isn’t serving a life sentence. ____________________________________________ Anyway, I most appreciated his vulnerability about his relationship with his father and his friend named Steve who introduced him to Christ. Those represent some of the more intimate details of his life that we just don’t see. I think those who are into pop culture will like to hear about his beef with 50 cent, Meek Mill, and Birdman. I also appreciated how he aligned events in his life with he crack epidemic which was a huge factor in the life he lived in his early years. ______________________________________________ To be honest, I didn’t walk away from this story feeling very inspired or thoughtful. Not that I expected to. Overall, even though the book dragged at times with some of the more mundane details, I found his story to be a classic story of a hood dude trying to succeed in his rap career. There are a LOT of similarities between him and Gucci Mane’s story, memoir I also read. In case you’re wondering, Gucci’s was better. ______________________________________________ I will give this book 3.5 starts... leaning towards 4 stars. It’s definitely a page turner if you make it through some of the dryer parts of his story. It’s raw, it gets personal and it’s insightful. The book is also very well-written. Side note: If you’re looking to get some inside information on his very public relationship with Lira Galore, you won’t find it. I think her name was only mentioned once in the entire book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    Rick Ross was born named William Leonard Roberts. He starts writing about his childhood, his parents and their transition to Miami. Ross met a lot of people on the way to his musical career. But, it took 10 years for him to catch his break. Along the way of his musical career he went through a lot of issues with the law, got caught up with guns and drugs, and of course hung around the wrong type of people. I mean the music industry in itself can be a pretty shady business just like anything out Rick Ross was born named William Leonard Roberts. He starts writing about his childhood, his parents and their transition to Miami. Ross met a lot of people on the way to his musical career. But, it took 10 years for him to catch his break. Along the way of his musical career he went through a lot of issues with the law, got caught up with guns and drugs, and of course hung around the wrong type of people. I mean the music industry in itself can be a pretty shady business just like anything out there. "Port of Miami" was the album that got him that recognition after ghost writing for so many artists. It was pretty cool that he knew artists like Trina, Trick Daddy, P.Diddy (yuck), Kayne West(yuck), and many others before hand. Ross came into Miami when the crack epidemic was at a all time high. Major weight was being pushed and a lot of the music people he'd associate with or he knew about were being caught up in the drug game and getting pretty hefty prison sentences. That's one of the things I disliked about Ross in the book. He was very money hungry. I see nothing wrong with wanting to live comfortable or whatever but, he was so stuck on being rich that sometimes he made some pretty crazy choices to get that money. Ross also goes on talking about this best friend's death and how he found him dead at 45 in his tub from heart disease. With this discovery it seems it ticked something off in his head and he decided to create some lifestyle changes. I enjoyed the book but, I really wish he would've gone more in depth with his weight loss, his tattoo removals, etc.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim Mueller

    Very very entertaining. A must read I love rap music. But, for some reason I didn't know who Rick Ross was. Lol. I told my two boys that they needed to read this book by Rick Ross, it's amazing. You ever heard of him, I asked. They both looked at me like I was a mental patient. Dad, "for real, of course we've heard of Rick Ross " . I love the boo's honesty, I love the fact that he a grinder, an entrepreneur, and down deep, reading between the lines, he has a heart full of good. Definitely a Very very entertaining. A must read I love rap music. But, for some reason I didn't know who Rick Ross was. Lol. I told my two boys that they needed to read this book by Rick Ross, it's amazing. You ever heard of him, I asked. They both looked at me like I was a mental patient. Dad, "for real, of course we've heard of Rick Ross " . I love the boo's honesty, I love the fact that he a grinder, an entrepreneur, and down deep, reading between the lines, he has a heart full of good. Definitely a MUST read I woukd argue for just about anyone, especially for young entrepreneurs who need to learn how to grind.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore

    Going into this I did not know much about Rick Ross' personal life. I knew I had grown up listening & loving his music. Songs like Hustlin', The Boss, Blowin' Money Fast...just to touch on a few. So, when I saw Hurricanes I knew I had to pick it up & I am so glad that I did. I loved reading about how he rose through the ranks as well as other rap stars. I enjoyed learning about his life growing up in Florida to the making of all his hit albums as well as some of his run ins with the law. Going into this I did not know much about Rick Ross' personal life. I knew I had grown up listening & loving his music. Songs like Hustlin', The Boss, Blowin' Money Fast...just to touch on a few. So, when I saw Hurricanes I knew I had to pick it up & I am so glad that I did. I loved reading about how he rose through the ranks as well as other rap stars. I enjoyed learning about his life growing up in Florida to the making of all his hit albums as well as some of his run ins with the law. This is a fascinating person. If you have enjoyed his music you will enjoy his story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Johnson

    This book shows the side of Ross that he does not show in public. The beginnings of him trying to become an artist for over ten years to finally ink a deal with Def Jam. And all the other investments he has put into his community, friends, and family takes you to the person that Ross actually is. Great read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tomeka Berry

    I listened to this as an audiobook. The narrator, Guy Lockard, although not Ross himself, was EXCELLENT. Hearing pieces of Ross's life from news stories doesn't compare with knowing the full story and the voice of narrator makes it come alive. For fans of Rick Ross and those curious about his life. THis biography gave excellent insight.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tanisha

    Who knew?! Who knew rick Ross was so insightful. This has to be my second favorite Memoir from someone in the industry. The first bring LA Reid. He was honest and it’s appreciated. Don’t write a book about your life if you’re not going to be transparent. This book is inspiring.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Fulneczek

    Much worse than I expected. Not as candid as I'd like and even with a (ghoat)writer it seems to lack structure and a bigger vision. The more recent stories and industry behind the scenes much better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lasheldon

    Hurricanes Well put way of telling his life story and his side of trials ,tribulations and controversy Ive always been a Rozay fan being from FL I understood alot of things he spoke about about but reading this book Now i Overstand Big Ups Renzel Ravioli it was a great book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Edwin Youngblood Jr.

    Rozay Doesn't Disappoint! A very compelling story from beginning to end. Hurricanes gives the complete and unadulterated picture of William Roberts as opposed to only that of the Rick Ross persona. This is a story of growth, regret and most importantly, redemption.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iwenofu Nm'Di Francis

    This is just one of those books that captures your attention from the very first page, you never miss a single paragraph straight down to the last page, and you don't have love hip-hop, nor be a fan of Rozay to love this narrative. Got a lot of respect for Ross, but that just went up ten folds.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Evan Kirby

    More honest than expected, but I also don't believe Ross wrote this any more than handing over a few scribbled bullet points to the co-author. The interspersed lyrics that touched on whatever moment in his life he was talking about at the time were a really neat touch.

  26. 5 out of 5

    KnowledgeSpecter

    I listened to the audiobook. It was truly a compelling book which described and told Rick Ross rise to fame. I found it incredibly nice to listen to and I learned a lot about Rick Ross that I didn’t know.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Heyward

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m not much into rap, however, this book pulled me in.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed hasabo

    Ma nigga rozzy, i love the independent self made part of the story..no doubt he's one of the most interesting black afroamaricans..

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quharrison

    Ended better than it started. Worthy of a read if you’re curious about the entrepreneurial life of a rapper.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Llewellyn

    Entertaining. Not much depth. Don't ever stop grinding is the message.

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