Incarcerated former drug kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross has decided to break his silence on the recent revelations into the past of the rapper that bears his name, Miami artist Rick Ross.
Since the rapper’s debut, many have wondered of a possible connection, since the artist not only bears the name of the former kingpin, but also sports a similar beard and cites stories of extensive drug and criminal activity in his rhymes.
Now that the rapper, real name William Roberts, has been confirmed to have worked as a correction officer, the original Ricky Ross tells AllHipHop.com that he attempted to steer his rap counterpart away from public embarrassment.
“After seeing all the stuff that has been going on with the Correctional Officer (William Roberts) that stole my name, [it] makes me think back to a year and a half ago when we spoke,” Ross explained to AllHipHop.com. “I tried to talk to him like a big brother and let him know to be you, and that he couldn’t be me. And that if he wanted to rap the lifestyle that he couldn’t frame it based on my life.”
Roberts has repeatedly denied that he based his music persona on the real Ross’ criminal exploits.
Ross, who today regrets the actions that helped destroy his community and land him in prison, can only shake his head at the unnecessary predicament Roberts has put himself in.
“How different his life would have been if he would have taken my advice,” Ross reflected. “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”
In the early and mid 80’s, Ross controlled most of the Los Angeles drug trade, and had ties to the Iran-Contra scandal due to his suppliers.
In 1996 Ross was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to purchase over 100 kilos from a federal agent.
He successfully appealed and had his sentence reduced to 20 years.
Ross is scheduled to be released on August 13, 2010.
These pictures are effin hillarious
I gave up on hip hop a long time ago...the same subjects are repeated over and over again...if you're such a gangsta, why aint you on the block? Why you out in the suburbs? Why do you have bodyguards???
Last week I saw a video of Lil Wayne and his little security getting blocked in by a bunch of Crips in L.A, and he was talking mad #### about them, but at that moment, why he aint do anything but sit in his car, like a little *****? Rap is just so played, its ridiculous. It's become an investment, and marketing at best. All u hear about is this jeweler, that drink, #### Lil Wayne said Orville Redenbacher in his "A Milli" song and people that never heard of the popcorn, all rushed out to buy it after hearing him rap about it.
Hip Hop truly sucks now. And Rick Ross bought it on himself. His career is over.
Kanye is just like every other rapper..hes just more concieted..and Lil wayne was kissing Baby..the rapper...on his mouth..cause thats like his dad...I know a lot of guys who kiss their dad..to show that they love them..
Yeah. Hip Hop is dead and not just lyrically. Lyracists are limited. Lil Wayne is alright but he raps about: money, weed and girls.
Lyracists: Common, Lupe, Nas, Jay, Rakim and Talib.
Most of the artists u listed...they have wrote about money, weed and girls..at one point in their career..and I dont think hip hop is dead at all..it just took another route..does that make sense?..lol