Freeway Ricky Ross To Sue Rapper Rick Ross, Universal & Def Jam Over Name
The real Freeway Ricky Ross
(not to be confused with these two guys)
could face off against the rapper Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II) in court this summer, over the usage of the name “Rick Ross.”
Rick Ross controlled thousands of workers at the height of his power in the mid-1980’s, who dealt millions of dollars worth of cocaine each day.
In 1995, Ross was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to purchase over 100 kilograms of cocaine.
Ross was released from prison in 2006 and attempted to reclaim his name.
Ross claims that Miami rapper Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II) signed a multimillion dollar deal in 2006, based on his image and likeness as a drug dealer.
More after the jump…
Since his release from a life sentence on May 4th, 2009, the ex-drug kingpin from LA, has been preparing to go to war against all parties who profited off of his name unlawfully while he was in jail, without his consent, particularly William L. Roberts II, Def Jam, Universal and others.
As the rapper Rick Ross gears up to release his fourth album Teflon Don this July, a storm is brewing in the real “Rick Ross” camp against the anticipated album’s summer release.
The real Rick Ross, who runs FreewayEnterprise.com, is unhappy with how his name has been exploited and misused since he went to prison in 1995.
Rick Ross claims that he protested the use of his name in 2006 by sending cease-and-desist letters to Def Jam, which were allegedly ignored.
Sources told AllHipHop.com that Ross’ lawsuit will claim that the rapper stole his identity and based it on Rick Ross’ real drug dealer image in the black community.
According to sources, Ross is planning to sue Def Jam, Universal, William “Rick Ross” Roberts II and others.
This summer, the real Rick Ross will “fight the power” for control of his name in commerce “by any means necessary in an attempt for respect, redemption and restitution,” a representative told AllHipHop.com.