Although Rick Ross may be the Teflon Don, he may not prove to be bulletproof in the courtroom. Former drug kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross is taking the Miami rapper to court over the use of his name and likeness.
Dubbed by FreewayEnterprise.com “The War Against the 4,” Ross plans to sue the rapper, his label Def Jam, Universal and other parties who he claims exploited his name and his past as a drug dealer in the black community. According to Ross, he even sent a cease-and-desist to Ross’ Def Jam from prison back in 2006 when the rapper was gearing up for his debut album Port of Miami, but did not receive as much as a response from the label.
Ross was released from prison last year after a ten year stint for attempting to purchase 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent. During the 1980s and ’90s, Ross oversaw a drug empire that extended from Los Angeles to Ohio. After hi arrest in ’96, a series of articles were published linking Ross’ drug connect Danilo Blandon to the CIA as a part of the Iran Contra.
In related news, read Freeway Ricky Ross’ nephew and Dr. Dre protege, Slim da Mobster’s feature today with HipHopDX. There, he speaks about the disrespect felt by the Ross Family from the Miami star rapper.