Freeway On Rick Ross and Young Jeezy BET Scuffle: Time to Mature
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
October 1, 2012
Freeway Rick Ross wrote in his disappointment to The Huffington Post when news circulated about rappers Rick Ross (or Ricky Rozay) and Young Jeezy’s altercation at the BET Hip-Hop Awards that escalated into a frenzy between their entourages until broken by police pepper spray. “These are not fighters, they are entertainers, as much as they build their image on criminality – it is still an image. When art comes to imitate life it can become dangerous, because while these young men act out filling the shoes of their infamous heroes, they do so with out having walked in these shoes to prison cells or worse,” wrote Freeway.
Funkmaster Flex tweeted the whole incident live, from when Jeezy and Rick Ross “just had words” backstage, pushing and shoving, to their “beef” spreading to the parking lot outside the Atlantic Civic Center. Police were able to stop the impending fight ending with arrests and fortunately no gunfire, as previously reported. But Freeway insists that brawls between rappers in some ways can be more galvanizing than those in the streets.
Freeway bemoaned the staining of an event meant to commemorate achievement while only reinforcing the tarnished reputation of Hip Hop. He cites that gangs in the 1980s decelerated their fighting with the prospect of building a lucrative business from drug sales, while rap violence’s reward is more media exposure. Rather than marginalizing the have-nots, he argues that it is time for Hip-Hop to mature and heal itself, starting with its self-image.