The real Ricky Ross to sue the rapper Rick Ross over name rights


By Alex A. Alonso
STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
June 11, 2010 | 6:22 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Freeway Rick Ross wants to reclaim his name from rapper Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II), who has created a rap persona based on the real life drug dealing past of one of the most prolific drug dealers in American history.

In 2006, the rapper released his debut album entitled Port of Miami, which is a reference to the City being the gateway for South American imported cocaine during the 1970s. The album included singles “Husltin” and “Push It” which glorified the lifestyle of a fictional character that was based a real person, Ricky Donnell Ross, who had been sentenced to life in prison in 1996. Ross was able to get his sentenced appealed and was released from Federal Correctional Institution at Texerkana, Texas in May of 2009 after his sentence was reduced to 20 years.

Ross told Streetgangs.com, “[the rapper] saw a way that he could brand himself immediately for free and he took advantage of that.” Roberts certainly cashed in on Ross’ reputation as a drug dealer who became the focus of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) biggest scandal, with his single Husltin off his debut album reaching platinum status in August 2006 and then his single “The Boss” off his sophmore effort was certified platinum in December of 2009.

When Ross was still in prison he sent a cease-and-desist letter to Def Jam Records demanding that Roberts stop using his name, but those requests were ignored. Ross claims that the Miami rapper has earned several million dollars stemming from his 2006 deal with Def Jam based on his image and likeness as a drug dealer. Expect a lawsuit to follow against Def Jam Records, Universal and Roberts.

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12 Comments for “The real Ricky Ross to sue the rapper Rick Ross over name rights”

  1. […] Rick Ross. Watch the Freeway x Ricky Ross Movie below. Enjoy. The real Ricky Ross speaks with Streetgangs.com. In the 1980s the biggest hustler in Los Angeles and perhaps the entire country was Freeway Ricky […]

    • RICKY ROSS HAS THE RIGHT TO SUE THE RAPPER RICK ROSS. WHAT RIGHT IS RIGHT. IT AINT FAIR THAT A RAPPER IS MAKIN MILLIONS OVER ALBUMS JUST FOR USING A REAL DRUG DEALERS NAME. I KNOW RICKY ROSS MUST TAKE ALL THIS AS DISRESPECT. LIKE I SAID WHAT RIGHT IS RIGHT. NOBODY ESPECIALLY IN THE GANG WORLD WOULD LIKE IF SOMEBODY TOOK SOMEONES NICKNAME OR REAL NAME TO USE IT AS THEIRS FOR STREET CREDIT.

  2. […] Alonso over at Streetgangs.com got a chance to sit down with the real “Freeway” Ricky Ross to talk about rapper Rick […]

  3. Strange

    The rapper Rick Ross was a C.O in Florida. The Smoking Gun has photos and everything. The fools tryin to act like he’s a balla. He’s a damn cop.

  4. AMexicanBrother

    If Alonzo read’s this ,

    Plaese speak with Mr Ross about making a movie with Spike Lee about the

    whole Contra thing . We need to know about this and i think Mr Ross can help

    us , the american public , understand more .

  5. Srew Him

    Man this fool only tryn to sue because the dude is popn. Ole hatin blank dude, talkn in other article when he go place he gotta say he The Real Rick Ross, fool you could and should be sayn im The Real Rick Ross the One that help the white man dam near Destroy everything the black community had to live for, Destroyd so many black lives in the HOOD, thats still being playd out in every HOOD in AmeriKKKa!!! how about that The Real Rick Ross all that Gangsta you posed too have you sittn up here Hatin!!!! Nerd blank!!!

    • LIL WEDO

      YEA …..THATS WHY FREEWAY RICK MADE MILLIONS A DAY NOT “A YEAR” THAT NIKKA NETTED 50 MILLION IN 4 MONTHS SUMTHIN THAT THE FAKE RICK ROSS NARC blank PIG WILL NEVA ACCOMPLISH!!!! blank THA FAKKES AND blank THA JAKKES COP Kki*lV MUTHAblankV5!!!!!

  6. Poon Jab

    Her blank so large I need a king size bed???? Lookit here suckas, maybe the rapper Ross is paying homage to the man, the real Rick Ross. Eva think of dat? And this thing about him being a jailhouse cop, so what???? A lot of them jail house cops helped the cons get sh*% from the outside, he could have been one of them. And there aint no problem if one a jailhouse cop as long as they treat inmates with respect and knows how to keep his mouth shut. There been plenty of cons who have thanked jailhouse cops for making their stay better by not beatin on them and treating them with respect, wblankup???? Ni66a needed a job and I doubt he was one of those blank-kissing, chip on your shoulder type guards, So waddup? If you work at KFC are you a chicken ki*ler???

  7. j

    Wait Rick Ross biggest hustler in LA or the country, I guess ya’ll dont remember the late 80s and those news reports on Harry O. The n**** who backrolled Death Row, the n**** with the unbeatable attorney, the n**** who had all of CPT police and city council in his back pocket ( you know how the Mexicans is doing right now ).

    Taking nothing from the Hoova Rick Ross, and I’m glad to see him out, but how did he get out of prison? Corrupt a** Maxine Waters?

    The whole westcoast need to sue Universal Records, Priorty, and Interscope. They stoled the westcoast entire style. White T’s, car culture ( ask yourself when has NY every been known for custom cars and how can Funkmaster Flex do custom cars, they ride taxi’s in NY ) gang banging, they whole swagg and know they own hogs like us too.

    Best of luck to the Hoova Rick Ross, I hope like he say he can educate these kids like he said he is going to do. Maybe he could do something with these Charter Schools, but that probably would bring bad PR.

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