Rick Ross has charged that images depicting him as a young correctional officer are totally fabricated, the result of savvy graphic artists.
He told AllHipHop.com exclusively, "My life is 100% real. These online hackers putting a picture of my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples' body. If this s**t was real don't you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything?
Earlier, a single image was in circulation on the internet suggesting that Ross previously worked as a correctional officer at an unnamed jail or prison.
The Miami-based rap artist, known for his gritty street rhymes, said envious people have conspired against him for his success and stature.
I'm in the entertainment business and a lot of people who like to hate because I'm on top of my game, Ross told AllHipHop.com. Like I said before my life is 100% real. I live by this die by this. Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake."
While the image appears very realistic, boxer Oscar De La Hoya was involved in a similar scandal that made the pugilist appear to be a cross dresser.
The images were proven to be doctored and De La Hoya was completely exonerated. Ross is already moving on.
He stated that he was working on a new album called Deeper Than Rap, which would come at an undetermined date in the near future.