July 22, 2008 | Interview By: Trill Chris
Author Tim Hampton, born and raised in Port Arthur Texas, has had a pretty tough life to say the least. He lost his mother at an early age and was then abandoned by his family. Luckily, he found the loving care of “Mama” Wes Monroe, better known as the mother of Chad “Pimp C” Butler. Tim was able to live a somewhat normal life once “Mama” took him in, and eventually went on to graduate from high school as well as college.
Tim is currently living in Tampa, Fl and serves as a motivational speaker and up & coming author. His childhood experiences alone would give him more than enough material to write several books. However, it is what Tim did after high school that provided him with the majority of his material. Tim served as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Corrections for nearly nine years, and two years as an officer in the Florida prison system. Growing tired of the corrupt, immoral situations in the system, Tim abonded his post. This eventually lead to the release of his best-selling book, “Still Holding My Own”.
Tim gives KeepItTrill.com an inside look on his life. He will talk about growing up with Pimp C, being a correctional officer, and gives his thoughts on the current situation with Rick Ross. He also mentions an upcoming book that will supposedly ‘expose’ fake rappers.
Losing your mother at such a young age must have been a horrible thing to experience. How did you learn to cope, and what kind of advice can you give to kids currently experiencing similar situations?
“It was tough and it was horrible… Thankfully I was friends with Chad, or as most of you know him as “Pimp C”. I already knew his mother before all of this happened and we were all pretty close. She made the transition really easy for me when she took me into her home and she helped me through a lot of it… But basically, my advice to the kids is…. they just need to remember to keep their heads up and remain positive… Through all situations in life, no matter what the situation, just stay positive and live life.”
What was it like growing up with Pimp C?
“(laughing……)It was amusing, to say the least… and it was great. Chad was one of the best, most big-hearted people I’ve ever met… Most kids brought home pets and insects, but Chad… he brought home people. That seems to be the best way to always describe him. But we were real close… More close than most of the other people who ever got to know Chad in his lifetime.”
What made you decide to become a correctional officer after finishing high school?
“Chad and Mama had done so much for me… but I knew at some point I had to be out on my own and make my own living. I thought it would be greedy to stay there and live off them.. You know, it was about 1992 then, so Chad’s career had just started to take off and I didn’t want to live off that. I knew I had to get out. I knew I had to get out and hold my own and a correctional officer was the best job at the time, as it paid the most.”
Do you have any regrets from the time you served as an officer for the TDC?
“Yes….. There are a lot of situations I could have handled differently.”
Care to elaborate?
“I wish I would have been more verbal and less physical with some of the situations. I had a short fuse and the way they train you in the system, they teach you to use force. But if you read my book, you’ll find out that is one of my reasons for deciding to leave that life behind.”
Between working in the prison system of Texas and the system in Florida, which did you find the worst?
“Florida by far… I couldn’t stand it. It was corrupt! They actually TEACH new officers how to do inmates wrong! From handcuffing people wrong, provoking them to do bad things…..and they just taught us how to do bad things to them.”
What are some nicknames that they would give the c/o’s within the system?
“The most common nickname that C/O’s everywhere would receive is ‘Boss’. They also say that boss stands for ‘sorry son ova bitch’ spelled backwards.”
That’s funny, given the recent events that have unfolded with Rick Ross. After all, he is the “Biggest boss we’ve seen thus far”.
“(laughing………….) According to inmate populations nationwide, a boss is a sorry son of a bitch….”
From your standpoint as a “Trill” individual and as a former corrections officer, what is your whole take on this situation with Rick Ross being a former c/o?
“Well, different people chose that career path for different reasons. My reason for choosing that career in the first place, was the best opportunity for me at that time. I refused to ride the success of Pimp C, even though he allowed it. I would never ride another mans coat-tail for success. But for him, who knows, it could have been the best situation for him at that time.”
Do you think Rick Ross being a correctional officer will hurt his street credibility, or even worse, ruin his career?
“It won’t hurt his career at all. In my opinion, the only thing that will hurt his street credibility is the fact that he lied. But as far as his career, he’ll be fine because that man is successful.”
When Ross was first asked about his former occupation, he denied it. When the first photo was released of him in his c/o uniform, he said it was photo-shopped and fake. He further went to say that his life is “100% Real” and that “fake people, make fake photos to entertain the fake”. Why do you think he was so adamant in denying his former occupation?
“Since I got into that field, and have so many experiences there, I think that ‘William Roberts’ may have had some experiences that he may be ashamed of, therefore that is why he denies it. As far as what he said about everything being fake, fake, fake… Let me put it to you like this. About 90% of the rappers out there are fake! So what does that say about him? I know several rappers personally through Chad and a lot of them are fake.”
Aside from the latest celebrity gossip, what all do you have going on for you right now?
“I’m working on my fourth book. This book will pretty much reveal a lot of things going on in the rap industry. I am going to expose several rappers and their lifestyles. I’m not sure what I’m going to name the book yet, but it will definitely cause a big stir within the industry. Other than that, I’m just going around the country, and speaking at different places.”
That’s what’s up Tim. Now that these people know a little more about you, let em’ know where they can check you out and purchase your books:
My website is www.holdingmyown.com and you can also hit me up on mysapce at myspace.com/best_seller
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