Freeway Rick Ross gave a statement to allhiphop.com in which he addressees claims made by MMG rapper William “Rick Ross” Roberts.
“Do your research,” Freeway Rick Ross says in the statement that was published today (December 1). “You can look up my public record. As I said in the prior video, I hope we can come together make a change for the better for Black America.”
Freeway Rick Ross is currently a public speaker combatting drug abuse, after serving several stints in prison on drug charges in the 1980s and 1990s. He was speaking on the claims made by the MMG rapper during a radio interview with The Breakfast Club.
“We talk about a lot of books and there’s a lot of this going on, but they don’t mention the 40 people he testified on and sent to prison for life,” William “Rick Ross” Roberts says in the interview with The Breakfast Club. “That’s the information I seen because of lawsuits. We don’t do that where I’m from. Then, you blame it on who used you. Nah, you told. It’s called you testified. You told. You sent people to prison.”
The rapper alleges that “Freeway” snitched on people in order to protect himself, but “Freeway” insists these claims are unfounded.
An unnamed source spoke with allhiphop.com and disputed the rappers’ claims.
“My family got out of jail because of Freeway,” the source says. “They had drugs planted. Freeway didn’t testify on 40 people. He made the hard choice to go up on six officers so eighty-five or so of his guys, black men that had drugs planted on them, got out. That isn’t snitching.”
William Roberts, the rapper, won a court case preserving his right to use his stage Rick Ross. The reformed drug kingpin believed that Roberts appropriated his likeness and image in order to sell music. Ross brought the case to the Supreme Court earlier this year.
“To William Roberts, a.k.a. Rick Ross, who’s using my name, I’m inviting you in to come with me,” he said. “Let’s fight this culture. Let’s fight this penitentiary culture that Hip Hop’s been spreading. Let’s make a difference. Me and you need to come together and you need to tell them that you didn’t make your money selling drugs and making music is how you became famous.”