In an interview about his new memoir, rapper Rick Ross opened up about his past health struggles, admitting that abusing codeine led to his hospitalization last year.
Ross discussed his autobiography, Hurricanes (Hanover Square Press, Sept. 3) in an interview with People magazine. He said he hasn’t read the book that he co-wrote with Neil Martinez-Belkin, telling the magazine, “Everything I said, I lived so I didn’t have to read it.”
Ross, who has suffered seizures in the past, was hospitalized in 2018 for what was initially reported to be a heart attack.
“When I woke up in the hospital and I had so many people around me, so many homies, it felt like I was in V.I.P. or some shit,” Ross said.
He said that his codeine habit was one of the causes of his hospitalization. “That mixed with the things I was drinking, the other drugs I was doing, and on top of not resting,” he told the magazine. “[I don’t think] one particular thing would have killed me. But everything combined?”
Ross first gained national attention in 2006 on the strength of his single “Hustlin’.” Since then, he’s released a host of hit albums, including Trilla, Teflon Don and Rather You Than Me.
Hurricanes, which released today, is Ross’ first book. It’s the second book from Martinez-Belkin, who previously co-wrote The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.
Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.