"Freeway" Ricky Ross Taking Rapper Rick Ross To Court In August

"Freeway" Ricky Ross continues the battle over his name.

"Freeway" Ricky Ross plans to take rapper Rick Ross and Warner Bros. Records to court this August in the continuing fight over his name.

According to NY Post, the former drug kingpin is moving ahead with his case against Ricky Rozay for allegedly stealing his name to create a career. Top music executives have already been subpoenaed for the trial, with ex-Warner executive Lyor Cohen, current CEO Stephen Cooper and Warner director Edgar Bronfman Jr. expected to testify.

Freeway claims that the Maybach Music Group leader has "exploited and misused [his name] since he went to prison" and "made millions off [of it]."

This marks the latest chapter in the ongoing saga between Freeway and Ross. In August, a judge ruled that Freeway must pay $500,000 on behalf of the Maybach Music boss while the rapper must pay $800,000 in legal costs.

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79 Comments

  • jj

    Does Freeway have a legal standing to get money from this? That's the real question. Personally, I think Rozay is a fraud, he's never done any of the stuff he swears to, but at the end of the day he may legally be able to use Freeway's name since Freeway was a gangster, and as far as we know, you can't be a patented certified gangster.

  • Arkham Monster

    Most of you are dumb as fuck. Freeway got let out early 10 yrs because of Gary Webb (RIP). The American Govt admited they supplied crack to him via Oscar Blandon who was a CIA op..go look at the war on drugs and the Iran-Contra Scandal. It was just another way to kill the poor and blacks in America. Freeway didnt do shit but benefit from something the Govt already had planned if it was Freeway it would of been someone else. Most of you fucks are uneducated and it shows. ohh yeah and im white..so get the fuck outta here with all that race shit. Look bitches I know I got white privilege. Doesnt mean I like it. Bitch ass ppl with their reverse race card shit. Go read a fuckin book. educate yourself... PEACE TO ALL THE REAL MOTHER FUCKERS THAT KNOW WHAT A STUGGLE IS..NOT JUST HEARD WHAT IT IS FROM A RAP SONG..REAL RECONIZE REAL. Best of luck to Freeway!

  • LOL

    YAY lets pray for the REAL gangster!!!! BANG BANG- Such a hero. You clowns in here need better fathers.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, am I suppose to root for this "gangster"? Fuck him and his name.

    • Anonymous

      aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand you a pussy....If his "ganster" background is all yall see then wow...you need some life experience....

  • Nuff said...

    Maaaaaaaaan, Real niggas stand behind freeway rick. Fake niggas stand behind that fat fraudulent fuck. nuff said.....

  • Anonymous

    "they didnt pretend to be the people who's names they were using" They lied or misled people about the lifestyle they were leading. It's the same thing. The only difference is Freeway wants a payday that Ross isn't going to give him, so he's going to cry about his life being copied. Boo hoo.

    • Anonymous

      nigga wants to compare machine gun kelley taking a gangsters name to officy ricky

    • Anonymous

      they didnt though nas never pretened to be pablo escobar, it was a nickname, alter ego, same goes for most of your examples get of ross's dick quoteman, you been there for a long time your ass must be sore

  • Anonymous

    "down to the beard" Your honor, the man you see before you stole my beard. I want five million dollars for emotional distress.

  • Anonymous

    "I wonder if we can sue the rapper for selling the kids delusions of grandeur about being a top notch drug dealer" While were at it, let's sue 50 Cent for how he used to parade his kid around at concerts wearing a bulletproof vest.

  • Anonymous

    this happend already and rick ross won

  • Tmel

    I wonder can all the children and family members of the drug addicts sue Freeway Ricky for selling that poison to their family members and ruining their lives. This dude is acting like he is a model citizen. He is just trying to get a payday.

    • Anonymous

      that would damn near be every rapper

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if we can sue the rapper for selling the kids delusions of grandeur about being a top notch drug dealer and not enclosing the disclaimer that you can end up in jail trying to be "Bawse". In other words STFU.

  • King O

    Real always takes out fakes. Thats all....

  • Anonymous

    ross should just change his name to MC gusto

  • Anonymous

    "Freeway built a 600+ million $ worth drug empire, he did Jay-Z / Diddy numbers just by selling dope! So Rozay gotta pay for that, obviously" Why? Those are two different life paths, and no man owes another man a payday just because he's bitter towards society. Posted2 hours ago

  • Anonymous

    "you cant compare travolta playing john gottin in a movie to what officer ricky has done with rick ross name, beard and image" So Freeway Ricky Ross has a copyright on facial hair lol I would love to see him win a settlement based on that alone.

  • Anonymous

    "But Ross has basically took this mans life and portrays it like his own" I agree, but once again how many rappers have done this before? Too many to count. At some point, the REAL Ross should just accept the fact that the FAKE Ross is an entertainer, thus he can portray anything he wants in fiction. There's no law againsn't playing a role. Just like an actor. It's 100% legal.

    • Anonymous

      he denied taking rick ross's name and said he never heard of him, he's a pathological liar

    • anonymous

      He addressed being a C.O. several times especially on deeper than rap. He even said he'd do it again to feed his kids.

    • Anonymous

      but thats not all they rap about and most of them were from the hood and really did sell drugs and bust guns they rap about their lives and their stories you ever heard officer ricky rapping about being a correcional officer?

    • Anonymous

      Actually all of those rappers rap about the same exact thing if they live it or not...nobody has the name of a gangter and doesn't rap about being gangsta. Except Childish Gambino maybe....

    • Anonymous

      the other rappers you speak of maybe took a name but they dont take the whole life story, down to the beard and deny that they even know who they took the name from ross went to court and and lied by saying he didnt know who freeway rick ross was and that the name came from someone misinterpreting his nickname big boss as rick ross so he ran with it

  • a

    If you stand up for the fake Ross i can't help but laugh. You have a 37 year old man playing make believe with another man's life. If you respect that then I'm wondering how your parents raised you. If you went to jail and while you were in someone took your image and lied to the public to make millions you wouldn't be saying that stupid ish.

    • Anonymous

      Freeway RR wasn't the only person to ever live that life though. You can't sue somebody for claiming they did things you did. If somebody buys the same car as you are you going to sue them for jacking your taste? Seriously, this is an open and shut case, and it will come down to Freeway just having to get a real job. Oh, the horror.

    • Anonymous

      they didnt pretend to be the people who's names they were using

    • Really!

      Well I guess 50 cent, Escobar, Capone, Noreaga, Beanie Seigel, MGK, Daz Dillinger, Freeway, anybody with gotti in their name, or any other of the thousands of rappers that use other peoples names or nickname should be respected?

  • Ricky Rozay

    BTW like another poster said its only these white people on here who be hatin on Ross and pretending they black. Only white people hate on Ross. Most niggas I know don't care because they just seein another brotha gettin money. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ricky Rozay

    Look at this old ass nigga jumpin on Rozay just for money. Word to his geezer, nobody would know your name if Rozay didn't make it a household name. Just admit that you goin for a money grab because any nigga wit half a brain would see this old bitch is just out for the money. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @MalzMonday

    I Fux wit Ross but I honestly feel like freeway should get payed cuz he didn't just use his name he used his image. The king pin act and the bald head and beard. Just cut the check like the Gds said lol but if it was just the name it shouldn't matter cuz a lot of artists would have to pay someone for stealing their name. I'm glad my name is original wont have to worry about none of this shot when a nigga blow up

  • daduketin

    waht a fucking scrub, im not done for ricky rozay being a fraud but he gets busy and never gives up even when his in the dust. ig uess this crack smoking looking motherfucker is the same way. dude what's worng with your brain the judge said fuck you last time with your its my name shit. ricky roay should just pay this midget thug be hiself not with the courts straright up bitch move to go to court over a name.

    • tmel

      One of the biggest drug dealers and now he wants the justice system on his side. People wake up!! All the lives this dude has destroyed and now he wants to act like a innocent citizen. All his money needs to be taken away and donated to a drug rehab program.

    • Anonymous

      maybe that's why hes was one of the largest dope dealers in American History! Learn a lesson and Take a page out of his book and adopt that no quit fight till there is no fight in you mind set!!!!!!! Early!!!!!!

  • Randem

    Next up, Mars, Inc. sues Eminem.

  • JP

    If he won a lot if rappers would get sued by a lot of gangsters and their estates....Won't happen though because you can't hold claim to a personal name. Just ask Blue Ivy.

  • Anonymous

    Dude. Just give up. Forget about William and make your own money.

  • Fact

    FUCK OFFICER RICKY ROZAY RICK ROSS. THAT NIGGA GAY AS FUCK. FAT FUCK WHO THINK HE GANGSTER. IF I SEE HIM ON THE STREETS AMMA MURDER HIM. THE GANGSTER DISCIPLES ARE GONNA GET HIS FAT ASS. THAT NIGGA REAL NAME IS WILLIAM LEONARD ROBERTS II, CALL HIM BY THAT NAME OR CALL HIM 911 ROSS OR OFFICER RICKY OR THE FAKE ROSS. FUCK THIS TRANNY ASS NIGGA. BIG UPS TO THE REAL RICK ROSS. RICK ROSS IS A FAT BITCH.

  • Anonymous

    "Or what frank told nicky in American gangster about brand name" A person's name isn't a brand. Millions of people could use the same nickname or alias as you and unless you could prove they were stealing your identity, there would be no case.

    • MNIMN

      ^u right too. drugs really fuck up the hoods physically and mentally. I'm not glorifin the real Ross at all I'm sayin I see we're he comin from. If some nigga u knew bit your whole style and that shit started fuckin up your rep you gone handle that shit. And fake Ross is glorifin the shit that keeps us divided in our own hoods using a well known kingpin's past life as his own but real niggas see thru that

    • Tapeworm

      ROZAY is a fraud but at the end of the day the real ross was a gangster who didn't exactly 'help' the community so why should he get a penny second why isn't he suing Philadelphia Freeway?

    • MNIMN

      I agree wit u. But the fact remains that Rick Ross bit freeway's life, his style, everything he did to create a brand. That's y I made the American gangsta reference. He uses another mans image into a business for himself. Like someone said about John travolta playing John gotti in a movie. Or even Denzel portraying frank Lucas its all acting for movies. They don't build an entire brand off a true gangsta. But Ross has basically took this mans life and portrays it like his own. This type of fuckery is not accepted and how we let bullshit in hip hop culture continue is even more fucked up

  • Anonymous

    If John Gotti were still alive would he sue John Travolta for playing him in a movie? This is insane. Freeway Ricky Ross is mad cause now the shoe's on the other foot and he's broke with no opportunities to make money. Names aren't copyrighted. Get over it.

    • Anonymous

      they dont use the name john gotti and gotti was a white italian so its not like they tricking anyone, no one thinks yo gotti was really the head of a new york crime family

    • JP

      But there are a lot of rappers using the gotti name

    • Daniel

      He just isn't stealing his name, he is actually stealing his life. Most of the b/s Roberts spits out Ross actually did. He is pretty much the MC Gusto of this generation. I want you kids to go out and watch CB4 and tell me that Gusto isn't Rick Ross

    • Anonymous

      you cant compare travolta playing john gottin in a movie to what officer ricky has done with rick ross name, beard and image

  • ayo

    good god officer ricky ross even has this guy's beard lol what a bafoon!

  • dumbass

    you really think our american judicial system is going to do shit to an ex-drug kingpin who pretty much started the crack epidemic in new york? I hate officer ricky more then anything and even I there will be no justice served over this debate, have fun thinking our government would do anything for freeway ricky ross because you must be high as hell on C R A C K

  • Anonymous

    why are most of the people who hate rick ross, white?

    • JP

      True! they are mostly white. I don't really understand because there are tons of rappers out there rapping about a life they don't live using a name of some famous gangsta. Thats been the whole hustle of rap since it began. Cats been talking about money, cars , and women even in the 80's. Not all rappers but a lot

    • Anonymous

      You're a fucking idiot and a racist. Black people hate Rick Ross, too.

  • Fish

    I hate Officer Ricky. Like really fuckin hate him. And i hope Freeway Ricky Ross beats the fat fraud in court. BUT, i don't see how he can sue Rick Ross and not take the same action against Freeway.

    • Anonymous

      Freeway asked him to use that name, so he still performing under that nick with the original Rick Ross' blessing. On the other hand, Rozay stole everything without permission, not just a name but his whole persona to get some street cred. And its serious right here, Freeway built a 600+ million $ worth drug empire, he did Jay-Z / Diddy numbers just by selling dope! So Rozay gotta pay for that, obviously.

    • Anonymous

      freeway showed him love and probably gave him some cash officer ricky pretended like he didnt know rick ross he existed and came up with the name and beard all on his own

    • Hip Hop please

      Freeway = alias Rick Ross = actual name

  • foreal

    **ROSE with a ~ over the E

  • foreal

    Freeway will win. any takers on a bet? what will rick ross change his name to? i will go with Ros... then they will sue him!

  • Anonymous

    i read they making diddy testify as well

  • polo hova

    Real shit with the right lawyer he's gonna get paid out. Bitch ass nigga. I use to like Ross but man fuck all them MMG/YMCMB I fuck with GOOD Muisc fuck 2 Chainz Chief Keef man fuck I hate wack ass rappers.

  • Anonymous

    IF SOMEONE TOOK MY REAL NAME birth name AND MADE THEMSELVES LOOK LIKE ME AND TALKED ABOUT THINGS I WAS KNOWN FOR AND DISRESPECTED ME AND MADE MONEY FROM IT WHILE I WAS SITTING IN JAIL FOR ACTUALLY DOING THOSE THINGS I WOULD PROBABLY DO THE SAME AS THIS GUY AND TO MAKE IT WORSE THE GUY USED TO BE A C.O AND FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD THIS GUY SPENT 18 YEARS LOCKED UP BEING TREATED BADLY BY C.O'S SMH

    • Anonymous

      You said it right there... "Known for". Freeway Ricky Ross wasn't the only drug dealer in the world. He can't sit back and say nobody but me did these things. I see what you're getting at here, and in a way I agree, but I just can't find sympathy for a guy who made hundreds of millions getting people hooked on drugs. That's 100x worse than a unoriginal rapper too lazy to create his own persona.

  • My name is my name

    Like Marlo told them mf on the wire. Or what frank told nicky in American gangster about brand name. Names are the most important form of respresention. When u use another mans name, legacy, past life, etc. that shit is completely wack. Y do we let fuck shit fly?

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