By Maurice Bobb
Not long after Rick Ross was targeted in a drive-by shooting on the morning of his birthday, 50 Cent laughed off his long-time nemesis’ brush with death as “staged.” So it comes as no surprise that Freeway Ricky Ross, who’s been in heated battles with the Maybach Music Group Bawse over the use of his name, had something to say on the matter, too.
On Monday he initially tweeted, “I don’t wish this upon no man. Reality is when u claim 2 live that life & ppl know that you are faking. They are going 2 test u. reality” then later issued a statement to HipHopDx.
In his statement, the reputed former drug trafficker said that he was not surprised that the God Forgives, I Don’t MC was nearly gunned down while driving his Rolls Royce down East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I’m not surprised that it happened given recent ongoings, when someone doesn’t understand the street rules they get confused and incidents like this can take place,” he told HipHopDX. “I’m still dealing with ongoing litigation about something as basic as using my name and identity, that should have been dealt with properly a long time ago.”
Freeway Ricky took to Twitter after the story went live, however, saying that his statement was cut short. According to his tweet, this is the full statement:
“Im not surprised that it happened given recent ongoing, when someone doesn’t understand the street rules they get confused and incidents like this can take place. I’m still dealing with ongoing litigation about something as basic as using my name and identity, that should have been dealt with properly a long time ago. No ill will is wished upon anyone, but when you tell these stories about the streets you have to be careful. We covered it in more depth in the Power of the Name Rick Ross piece.”
Although the $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit he filed against the rapper born William Leonard Roberts II over the use of his name was dismissed in 2010 and an L.A. County Superior Court judge threw out another case over the illegal use of his name, Freeway Ricky, who once lorded over a multi-million dollar drug empire, plans to take Rozay and his record label, Warner Bros. Records, back to court this coming August, citing that the Grammy-nominated spitter has “exploited and misused his name since he went to prison and made millions off of it.”