April 4th, 2013 | By love not hate
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I’m not a star/somebody lied I got a pistol in the car.”
Rick Ross may have lied about not being a correctional officer but after recent reports, his gun-wielding rep just gained some validity. According to a Fort Lauderdale Police Department report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Ross was carrying a 9mm handgun in his waistband at the time of the January 28th murder attempt on his life.
An investigator stated that the Maybach Music Group boss informed police that he was in possession of a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic gun. Ross was prepared for battle as the police report details that gun contained 12 live rounds.
This could conjure up some legal trouble for Ross due to the fact that his handgun permit was expired at the time of the shooting.
While Ross nor his passenger at the time, girlfriend Shateria Moragne-El was able to reveal much about the shooters, a few eye witnesses have helped get an idea of the sequence of events that transpired.
According to two witnesses, a BMW pulled up next to Ross’ 2011 Rolls Royce at the intersection of SE 15th Avenue/East Las Olas Blvd and opened fire on the famed rapper.
The legal trouble continues as “Freeway” Rick Ross is bringing his lawsuit against the Mastermind MC to appeals court.
On Wednesday (March 20th) a judge rejected “Freeway” Rick Ross’ claims against Warner Bros over promoting and essentially selling Rick Ross.
A main reason for the rejection was due to California’s rights of publicity statutes, which state that claims need to be made within two years of the first publication.
Rick Ross has been a signed artist since 2005 and “Freeway” Rick Ross could only press charges after he was released in prison in 2009, four years after Rick Ross’ signing.
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(AllHipHop News) Nick Cannon might not have been old enough to drink milk alone when convicted drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross was at his height, but now he will be able to see what is like to be a major dealer in a new film.
The charismatic comedian/rapper/actor/host will depict the street legend in the “real Rick Ross’” upcoming biopic.
While on the surface some may believe Nick Cannon seems like an odd choice to play a drug lord, the man born Ricky Donnell Ross believes it was perfect.
“I chose Nick based on a few factors. The role is 17-25 in age, many of our award-winning actors are much older than that range. Nick is a guy who captures my character when I was in custody in San Diego.”
More shocking than the fact that the former Nickelodeon star was Ross’ own choice is the fact that he made that choice over 15 years ago.
In a YouTube clip with him and Cannon announcing the partnership, Ross says he has wanted Cannon to play his role since 1996 when he was only 16.
Ross also said him and Cannon will be working together with his non-profit organization, Freeway Literacy Foundation. The film will be directed and written by acclaimed filmmaker Nick Cassavetes.
“Freeway Ricky Ross is a living American legend. A modern day street genius. To not know his story is to not understand our country, how it works, what it needs, and what it will do to get it,” Nick Cassavetes told AllHipHop.com in a previous interview. “From his modest Los Angeles beginnings to his meteoric rise to the top of the drug world, Rick’s ‘hustle’ was unparalleled in modern history….but when that government was done with him, it locked him up and left him as the fall guy responsible for the destruction of an entire community.”
The as-of-yet untitled biopic will detail Ross’ involvement in the drug trade of the 80′s, his incarceration and more. According to Ross himself, there will be no glorification of the drug trade and the lifestyle associated with it in an attempt to present an honest tale:
“This story will be real, and show how the War on Drugs took young kids and turned them into criminals and set them for prison practically over night. It’s not just an LA story my reach was across the nation into black, white, and all communities regardless of class. Our goal is to tell the truth, not a vanity piece.”
Ross seems to be determined to shed light on the inner workings and corruption of the drug trade as he also has a new documentary slated for release entitled Cracks In The System.
Directed and produced by Emmy award-winning documentarian Marc Levin, Cracks In The System will delve into the mechanics of the old and new crack laws, the failed War on Drugs and even include commentary from Snoop Dogg, Warren G and more. Cracks In The System is set to debut in the fall.
Check below for video of Nick Cannon and “Freeway” Rick Ross announcing their partnership for the biopic:
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Fort Lauderdale Police are investigating after a shooting led to a Rolls Royce crashing into an apartment building early Monday.
Police officials say shots were fired around 5 a.m. in the area of Southeast 15th Avenue and E. Las Olas Boulevard
The Rolls Royce was traveling eastbound on Las Olas when another vehicle opened fire on it, police said.
When the Rolls tried to get away, it crashed into the building at 311 Southeast 15th Avenue. Neither of the two people inside were injured, police said.
Police are still looking for the gunman or gunmen.
The names of the victims inside the Rolls weren't being released because they're in fear for their lives, police said. Witnesses said rapper Rick Ross was inside the Rolls.
No other details were immediately known.
While he’s usually associated with Maybachs, Rick Ross jumps into an old school “Box Chevy” for his latest tune off Mastermind, the follow-up to his Grammy-nomin
The album will be Ross’ sixth LP and he’s moving things quickly after only dropping news of Mastermind on January 7.
“Box Chevy,” the LP’s first single, finds Ross rapping about his own hard knock life. It opens up with a blurb from the 1989 film Leon on Me, starring Morgan Freeman. Freeman, who played an inner-city principle in the film, open up Ross’ track preaching about crack. Listen to “Box Chevy ” below.
Rick Ross gets behind the camera and directs his new video for “Pirates” off 2012′s God Forgives, I Don’t album.
This clip took longer than usual for a Rozay visual to make it onto the air, and the Internets. We say behind the scenes photos from the “set” way back in early November 2012. The Maybach Music Group rapper is seen off the coast of Miami in a cigarette boat with a bikini clad vixen. She also puts in work, unloading the boats illicit cargo.
Also, the Bawse is seen rapping while seated on what looks like a thrown made out of coral. Ruh.
The song itself is produced by Keno and Got Koke and is the opening song (although technically track number two) off Rozay’s aforementioned, fifth studio album. Ross recently revealed the title of his next album, which will be called Mastermind, and also dropped a video for his and Stalley’s version of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa.”
Watch the video for “Pirates” below.
For the past few years I have worked with Freeway Rick Ross on our documentary Crack in the System by Marc Levin, and the feature film biopic on his life to be directed by Nick Cassavetes. In that time he has talked to me extensively about the things that went into his existence as a wealthy kingpin during Reaganomics, one of the hardest economic times in modern history for African Americans. It is from these discussions with Rick Ross, and my own experiences that I draw the frame of understanding of the weight of the name, and how it survived. While I don’t agree with his choice to deal cocaine as a result of circumstance, I do believe the story of the crack epidemic and Iran-Contra is the most important of our generation. It does not need to be diluted by hip-hop, but rather the story should be supported for its immense historical value. That which we have seen from artist such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Akon.
Yeah, it was all a dream on the corner serving all them fiends, me and a bunch of my ni**as we was all a team. The system labeled us killas, but momma called us kings… Walked through the hall of a prison, now it’s the hall of fame — And people got the nerve to ask why I wear ALL these chains… When I was booked, they had me shackled to the wall of shame… So I’m just representin’, better yet just reminiscin’ — Put down on that Bentley truck, I used to want the Expedition — Now it’s bigger things, grew up and got bigger dreams — Cause in my hood, ni**as try to smoke you just like nicotine — look how far we’ve came… through these Maybach Curtains I see our lives have changed.
Through these stories of survival come the makings of great tales of overcoming odds. Life stories that could even in some cases lay shame to larger than life fictional figures such as Scarface, because they are real. A place where stories exist like that of a poor black kid named Rick Ross that makes nearly a billion dollars in a lifetime despite the odds against him. This recognition has been best displayed in hip-hop culture as it has grown to celebrate these anti-heroes in song. But as the music celebrated the anti-hero it forgot itself in its success. Hip-hop forgot to pay homage to the stories and neighborhoods that underpinned its existence. These people and places just became fan bases that are suppose to continue to support an elitism that looked down upon them as they handed over their hard earned dollars.
As Ross and I wrote in a prior piece:
Inside of these song’s lyrics is the kindling of a brushfire for violence, because the starting point is incorrect. It is a foundation built on low self esteem and selfish statements of I have what you can’t afford — from something as simple as a passport and its stamps, to some European item that’s hard to pronounce and can even include a man’s mate in some of these songs. Hip-hop has the power to be so much more than that simple. At my height I did not make hundreds of millions to belittle those around me, this is what elitism has driven rap into becoming. A tool to marginalize the have-nots as rappers say what they invented, how they will protect it and how your less than for not being in the same class. The goal cannot be to have large sums of money to marginalize your fans with diamonds they don’t have, clothes they can’t afford or cars they have not seen.
Earlier this week a story was released that Suge Knight had obtained a direct admission from Rozay that he “studied ‘Freeway Rick Ross’ in taking on ‘his’ image and name.” When fables become distorted recreations of reality it can become dangerous, particularly if the person called on them is not honest after the fact. The power of the name Rick Ross is its ability to truly recognize its own fault and become more through redemption, the hope is that William ‘Rozay’ Roberts is able to learn this part of Rick’s story. As the Real Rick Ross stated earlier this week “… when you violate someone just address it as a man, you need to say that it wasn’t intentional or nothing like that. It’s OK to apologize and make things right with a real agreement out of respect.” The hope is the artist can learn this last lesson of wisdom from a kingpin, for all of our sake. A lesson that a true boss kingpin knows when then the line is crossed, and how to apologize to a gangster if he is wrong.
After snagging a Best Rap Album Grammy nomination Wednesday for his gold-certified God Forgives, I Don’t LP, it seemed no one could hold Rick Ross back — until now. According to reports, the Maybach Music general was forced to cancel concerts in Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina, scheduled for this weekend.
Live Nation Entertainment group released a statement saying that fans who bought tickets to the tour, which also features MMG artists Wale and Meek Mill, will receive refunds starting Friday. No official reason was given for the cancellations.
Ross has yet to comment, though he did tweet Thursday night (December 6) before his set at Connecticut’s Hot 93.7 Jingle Jam, which went down as planned: “We bout to tear this stage down #MMG #Hartford.”
Some reports have linked the cancellations to death threats made by a street gang known as the Gangster Disciples, though Ross’ camp has yet to confirm those allegations. The rift between Ross (born William Leonard Roberts II) and the Gangster Disciples stems from the gang’s disapproval of the Teflon Don’s use of their signature six-point star on his recent Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape and his mention of their leader, Larry Hoover, who is currently serving time in prison, in the street anthem “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).”
Recently, the North Carolina chapter of the gang tried to intimidate the “Bag of Money” MC via a YouTube video, warning him to stay out of Charlotte. And while the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released a statement Wednesday reassuring fans that officers would remain vigilant to ensure their safety, Paul Scott, a minister and hip-hop journalist from Durham, believes canceling the shows was the right move.
“I think fans should be concerned,” Scott told The Charlotte Observer. “I think the parents should be concerned, because you never know. Hip-hop does not represent the real street, the commercial hip-hop that Rick Ross promotes represents Wall Street, and Wall Street cares nothing about the loss of human life if they can make a dollar.”
“For the record, I’m having a ball,” declared Rick Ross midway through his set at the Schottenstein Center, as if that wasn’t already glaringly apparent to the thousands of twerk-happy fans in attendance.
Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II, alongside “little brothers” Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, and Wale, whose real name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, kicked off the Maybach Music Group (MMG) Tour – Ross’s first tour as a headliner – Friday. Resplendent in a leather coat and 10 “Jesus pieces,” Rozay, a nickname for Ross, entered to the explosive “Hold Me Back,” scoffing at fortune-fabricating haters. The beginning, along with the rest of the concert, was complete with enough fireworks and smoke for an Independence Day show.
The MMG kingpin stampeded through his set, treating the audience to everything from the 2006 single that catapulted him to stardom, “Hustlin,’” to 2011’s “I’m Not A Star,” which denies stardom altogether with lyrics, “I’m not a star, somebody lied.” Chart-toppers such as “All I Do is Win,” “I’m On One” and “Stay Schemin’” prompted impassioned sing-alongs, while deeper cuts such as “911” delighted Ross traditionalists.
Mini-sets from Wale and Mill preceded their Boss’s performance. Ambitious as always, Wale challenged the crowd to recite every word of his “No Hands” verse, something it did very well. Philadelphia native Mill — oddly decked out in a New York Knicks varsity jacket — took every chance he had to promote his album “Dreams and Nightmares,” which released Oct. 30.
Mill’s fans were much, much louder than Wale’s, but to be fair, Mill raps much, much louder than Wale. “Racked Up Shawty” and “Young & Gettin’ It” were particularly resonant, especially to someone in my section who felt the need to pull me aside and state, “These are my anthems.” Mill’s rendition of “Actin’ Up” felt more like a persuasive speech every time he repeated the line “These hoes be actin’ up!”
After Ross’s lengthy solo set, Wale and Mill rejoined him to perform a number of their collaborations. The rappers boasted about how closely their significant others resembled a bag of money on “Bag Of Money,” while arm ink was at a premium during “Tats On My Arm.” Any doubts regarding Ross’s frequently referenced status as a Boss were quickly put to rest with “Ima Boss.”
They didn’t forget the ladies, either. Ross demanded a dimming of the lights for “Diced Pineapples,” quite possibly the only song about sex to ever spoil my appetite for canned fruit. Wale followed it up with the equally seductive “Lotus Flower Bomb,” delivering his second verse a cappella. It was his strongest performance of the night by a mile.
Ross’s shining moment was “Blowin’ Money Fast.” For three joyous minutes, Ross had everyone thinking they were Big Meech. Sadly, he didn’t perform anything other than the aforementioned “Stay Schemin’” from his brilliant January mixtape “Rich Forever,” but I can’t argue with the songs he settled on for the show.
The show ended with gold confetti plummeting from the ceiling and DJ Sam Sneak continually playing the Australian-accented “Maybach Music” intro that’s become an essential component of every good Ross record. For MMG, it must have felt like the group won the Super Bowl. Fans begged for one more song, and their magnanimous Boss obliged. “Anything for my people,” assured Ross, who proceeded to take the crowd on one final victory lap in his Aston Martin before disappearing into the night sky, with his song “Aston Martin Music.”
The fight between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross at the BET Hip-Hop Awards was all caught on tape. According to TMZ.com, the video shows a brief scuffle between several people before security and police break up the fight. Security then stands between two groups of men as they yell back-and-forth. Rick Ross is then escorted from the fight area, but someone goes after him yelling. Security is quick to act and stop the man before he is able to get to Ross. The fight reportedly broke out Saturday night at the taping of the BET Awards in Atlanta. Atlanta Police have said that no one was injured during the fight and no arrests were made.
Video courtsey of TMZ
Rick Ross has everyone waiting to hear his collaboration with Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on “3 Kings,” one of the most-anticipated records off his album God Forgives, I Don’t, due July 31. But if you just can’t wait until tomorrow’s premiere, here’s a 30-second snippet of Dre’s verse. “Money long, number one, 20 years strong,” proclaims the West Coast vet over the Jake One-produced beat.
The kid is not my son! UGH!!!!
Rick Ross did NOT father a secret child in Florida three years ago, so says the results of a court-ordered DNA test in the rapper’s recent paternity case.
TMZ broke the story … 36-year-old Tyrisha Childers filed a paternity lawsuit against Ross last year — claiming the rapper knocked her up a few years ago … and never paid a dime for child support.
Rick fired back, insisting he never even slept with Childers — let alone fathered her baby — so the court ordered both parties to submit to a DNA test.
Well, the results are in — and according to the test, there’s a zero percent chance Rick’s the dad.
Childers has since voluntarily dismissed her case, which means Rick’s a free man.
Another day, another celebrity being accused of knocking some random chick up! We bet Ricky is somewhere hitting the running man like he’s on Maury right now.
Rick Ross unveils the revised artwork for his fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t, in stores July 31. Like a true boss, the Maybach Music Group CEO rocks six Jesus pieces and a pair of his signature stunna shades on the cover art. Reminisce on his journey to becoming the Biggest Bawse in the video below.
Last week, Ricky Rozay slowed it down for the ladies with the release of his single “Touch’ N You” featuring Usher, now he drops a new street banger for his hustling fans.
“I’m so sophisticated/to get a verse from me/you gotta be initiated/to get a purse from me/she gotta be sophisticated/purchase a whip from me/and never miss a single payment,” raps Rick Ross.
Rick Ross’ most valuable player Meek Mill comes through on the track with the tough talk and “sophisticated slang.”
“Shittin’ on these haters/ball hard, these waiters/ever since I got money/everybody need favors/that’s why I ain’t got no homies/and I ain’t no neighbors/but I be on my grind like I don’t got paper,” raps Meek.
Besides readying his new album, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music team will be gearing up to perform at Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival in Philadelphia on September 1 and 2.
“So Sophisticated” is off Rick Ross’ highly anticipated album God Forgives, I Don’t, due out July 31.
Take a listen to “So Sophisticated” and tell us what you think below!
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — A famous rapper is offering some high-tech help to a group of South Florida students.
On Thursday, Rapper Rick Ross donated dozens of iPads to high achieving students at his alma-mater, Carol City High school.
The principal said the gadgets will be used to help students complete their college applications.
Rick Ross has signed a development agreement with the Richardson, Texas-based company, which has over 480 Wingstop restaurants across the United States and Mexico.
Rick Ross will open the first of several Wingstop restaurants in Memphis, this Fall.
Ross, who name checked Wingstop brand on the song “MC Hammer” from his album Teflon Don, felt an affinity with the brand, which made it easier to make the decision to invest.
“After tasting Wingstop’s signature lemon pepper–flavored wings in Miami, I knew this was a franchise I wanted to add to my investments,”
Known as the King of Crack in South Central L.A. back in the 1980s, Ross is said to have made $3 million in one day. The drug kingpin was living a life similar to that of Tony Montana from the iconic “Scarface”. But 20 years after his incarceration, he’s turned a new leaf and is ready to rebuild his empire — this time legally and inspirational.
His nickname was derived from his drug routes along several properties on the Harbor Freeway. At his peak, Freeway Rick Ross was the richest man in the hood, who not only profited off illegal sales, but also benefited a very troubled community. While it’s not the most moral Robin Hood story (stealing from the rich to give to the poor), Ross is often credited for helping out his community with his “profits.”
While many know him for his drug empire and numerous hip-hop rhyme references, as well as the person rapper Rick Ross took his moniker from, it turns out that Ross was headed on an alternate course before he became introduced to his alternative and illegal lifestyle. As a kid, he was highly interested and talented in tennis and tried to pursue a scholarship. However, that bubble burst after his coach found out his was illiterate.
While in college, he hustled drugs to pay for tennis lessons … until eventually, he lost sight of his true goals and got caught up in the hustle, money, and power that his new found career provided.
“It wasn’t always about selling drugs or making huge amounts of money,” he told BallerStatus.com in a recent sit-down. “It was more about the hustle. I had gotten hooked on the high of hustling and that was the most important to me. I was, like, a businessman who just so happened to sell drugs. The way I ran everything was just like a business. In the end, it wasn’t about the money, really.”
Living the high life, afforded Ross luxuries many of us can only dream of, but it all came to an end in 1996, when he was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of trying to buy more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent. Ross’ empire had crumbled, but his spirit and entrepreneurship still remained strong. He actually took it upon himself to, and created, a website while in prison. “I went against the grain a lot while behind bars and wasn’t supposed to conduct any business in prison. Lucky for me, the institution didn’t consider having a website a business,” he smirked.
He became interested in social media after reading about Facebook and its young founder Mark Zuckerberg in the Wall Street Journal. “Here was this young kid getting millions of hits with his website. I thought, ‘If he could do it, I can, too!’ ” And so, Freewayenterprise.com was born — Ross’ social-networking site equivalent to Facebook that promotes education, not incarceration, for today’s youth.
Released just two years ago, on September 29, 2009 for being a “model prisoner,” Ross is now working on a multitude of projects — including a book, biopic feature film, documentary, music label, possible reality show, and a nationwide tour to promote literacy through The Freeway Foundation.
One of the most interesting are the films. Directed by Nick Cassavetes, it will depict Ross’ past, while the documentary will pick up where the movie leaves off, showcasing all the positive work he’s doing for himself and his community since leaving prison. “I’ll show the struggles I’m going through right now and things I’m having to deal with as an ex-prisoner,” says Ross of the doc. He’s currently working with filmmaker Marc Levin (who directed the award-winning “Slam”, and produced “Brick City”). Ross had initially pitched the documentary as a reality show, but networks deemed it too serious, which is what prompted him to take the documentary route.
“The movie will be phenomenal,” Ross describes. “The script came out better than I could imagine. We’ve had several huge stars read it and a lot of interest is now generating. Jaime Foxx read the script and just loved it, so everything is coming along great with the film. I’m doing it totally independent and hoping to be in production within the next three to four months.”
As for his autobiography, Ross has enlisted a ghostwriter to help document his personal story.
“I wanted to do all three, because I feel my story needs to be told,” Ross explains. “I was shocked with how some of the things turned out in my life and realized other people were, too. It’s a story that can really help others, influence lives, and change the way people see their own current situations, so it’s not just about me, but about putting that awareness out there.”
One of the most interesting parts of the documentary will probably be Freeway Rick Ross’ June 10, 2010 lawsuit against rap superstar William Leonard Roberts II, who raps under the reformed drug trafficker’s name of Rick Ross. Although the $10 million lawsuit was thrown out of court Ross has since then appealed the ruling in a federal court and vows to not give up on the unauthorized use of his moniker.
“It’s kind of flattering to have someone name themselves after you, but if you’re making money off of my name, then you should let me share in that. I don’t appreciate him using my name at all, anymore, and am going to make sure something changes.”
While his autobiographical projects might be Ross’ main focus at the moment, he’s also in the process of starting his own record label, Freeway Music Group. Currently negotiating with two major labels, he’s looking for a diverse group of talented artists from all genres of music … even country. “It’s so crowded out here and it seems everybody raps, so it’s hard to distinguish one artist form another. I’m looking for [artists who are] unique and [can bring] something different to table; not the same old [artist] that everybody is used to hearing.”
Ross plans to make his label international, and is actually partnering with Get Money Magazine for an open call to artists who’d like to be featured on a compilation CD.
Despite constantly moving forward, Ross can never really forget his past. When asked if he had any regrets, he confidently replies that regret isn’t the word he’d used to describe how he feels about that time in his life, because, well, he wouldn’t be who he is today without … his past.
“If I regret it, then I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” Ross says. “For the record, I love who I am and am really enjoying my life despite all that’s happened to me. I would never sell drugs again and was a different person at that time. I do look back at that time and think I should have done things differently, but in retrospective, I would not be making all these positive changes now. I don’t want to live in the past, and all I can do now is live life from this day forward, and try to make the least mistakes possible.”
When it’s all said and done, Freeway Rick Ross may be notorious for his drug dealing days, but he wants to be remembered more for what he’s doing now. “I want my past to be just my past, with what’s going on now the main focus of my legacy.” Unlike Scarface’s Tony Montana, whose demise led to a tragic ending, Ross’ story will have a happier ending — one he’s just as hard or harder than his drug-dealing days to create.
Rick Ross is facing legal action after his pet pit bulls allegedly attacked a Yorkshire Terrier.
The hip-hop star is being sued after his three pooches escaped from his Atlanta, Georgia home and reportedly set upon a three-year-old terrier named Banks, in April..
According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.com, the lapdog suffered “three large bite wounds on his back” as well as a “very large bite wound” to his neck and had to be put to sleep because of the severe wounds.
Banks’ unnamed owner is demanding Ross pays more than $15,000 in damages and court costs.
Rapper Rick Ross performed at the Best Buy Theater in New York City with a pair of Christian Louboutin Rantus white leather sneakers (seen below in black, $725) on his feet. Also you can see that Rozay is rocking a pair of Carrera sunglasses. See pics below.