Rick Ross is adding author to his résumé.
The Grammy-nominated rapper and music mogul will publish a memoir, Hurricanes, this fall, EW can exclusively announce. The book, published by Hanover Square Press, will focus on his coming of age in Miami and his rise to fame, and isn’t expected to shy away from past controversies. Hurricanes is written in collaboration with Neil Martinez-Belkin (The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.)
“My story has always been deeper than rap,” Ross said in a statement. “With this book I wanted to go deeper than I ever have. I wanted to tell people about the life of William Leonard Roberts.”
Added Peter Joseph, editorial director of Hanover Square Press, “Most people know Rick Ross as a global icon, but few are familiar with his origin story. Hurricanes transcends the conventions of celebrity memoir to offer an intimate and inspiring portrait of an artist who at every turn defied the odds and continues to change the game.”
Here’s the book’s official synopsis: “Ross moves beyond the headlines, opening up about the experiences that inform his creative process. His upbringing in Carol City. His past as both a drug dealer and correctional officer. His scuffles in the streets and in the industry. The seizures. The drive-by shootings. The 2015 arrest on kidnapping and assault charges. It is a remarkable story of not only surviving the storms of life but reaching the highest levels of achievement in spite of them.”
Hurricanes will publish Sept. 3 and is available for pre-order.