Ricky Rozay vs. the Real Freeway Rick Ross: Can a Reformed Drug Dealer Get Paid?
By Khalil Amani
Rapper Rick Ross is changing his name to “Ricky Rozay.” Why? Because he’s about to get sued out of his drawhs by the former drug kingpin, the real “Freeway” Ricky Ross. Now you can understand why Diddy kept referring to Rawss at the B.E.T. Awards
as “Ricky Rozay”—distancing himself from his former name.
The Internets are going bananas, trying to make sense of this mess! Convicted felon and one-time cocaine cowboy “Freeway” Ricky Ross is suing one-time former correctional officer turnt pseudo cocaine cowboy rapper Rick Ross for stealing his identity and making millions by rapping about drug tales. Freeway Ricky wants ten million dollars for identity theft—for exploiting his image and raking in millions of dollars.
The real “Freeway” Ricky Ross—the ex-drug dealer, whose drug empire helped ruin South Central, Los Angeles during the early/mid-eighties, who, at the height of his drug dealing was pulling in 2-3 million dollars a week. His lore is so infamous that he was featured on B.E.T.’s American Gangster
. Freeway Ricky was arrested and sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of trying to sell 100 kilos of cocaine to a federal agent. His drug dealing was linked to the CIA and Reagan’s Iran-Contra war. After the link to sell drugs in America to support the Contras was revealed, his sentence was reduced to twenty years and today he’s a free man.
(The real Freeway Ricky Ross, ex-drug Kingpin)
Ricky Ross, the Bawsss, the rapper aka William Roberts—a Miami Carol City native who graduated from high school, went to college, played football, dropped out, got a job as a correctional Officer, quit—and as street lore has it, became affiliated with the South Florida crime family known as the “Boobie Boys”—a notorious band of gangsters who were responsible for thirty murders. And although there is no paperwork (criminal history) on Rick Ross, he reps Kenneth “Boobie” Williams and the Boobie Boys to the fullest. In Rick Ross’s first video, “Hustlin’”
Ross wears a black T-shirt with “Boobie Boys” across his chest.
(Rapper Rick Ross wearing a Boobie Boys T-shirt, verifying his street connection to the drug game)
Clearly, Rick Ross glamorizes the drug trade. He may or may not have been a fringe player in the Boobie Boy organization, but according to his song “Hustlin’,” he was pretty torn up over the incarceration of Boobie, rapping “… when they snatched [arrested] Black [Boobie], I cried a 100 nights, he got a 100 bodies, serving a 100 lifes.”
Either Rick Ross does have drug ties or he’s one crazy-ass dude for associating himself with the Miami crime world!
The question at hand is “Did rapper Rick Ross steal Freeway Ricky Ross’s name, image and street persona?”
Of course he did, but if you hear Rick Ross tell it; he’s never heard of Freeway Ricky Ross! The fuck? So it’s a coincidence that both were drug dealers? It’s a coincidence that they both have the same name? It’s a coincidence that they both rock the bald head and Osama beard? I don’t think so!
Like his correctional officer past, which he wanted us to believe was just hateration, rapper Rick Ross thinks we’re straight-up stupid to believe he’s never heard of Freeway Ricky Ross!
In 1982—at the height of Freeway Ricky Ross’s drug empire—Rick Ross the rapper would’ve been about six years old (DOB 1–28-76). So it’s safe to say that he’s read/heard about Freeway Ricky once he became an adult (circa 90’s). The same can be said for some of Miami’s most popular drug dealers—Convertible Burt, Bo-Diddly and Big Ike—whom Rick Ross shouts out on his albums, as though he knows them intimately, when the reality is that these guys were grown-ass men in the 80’s when he was still just a snotty-nosed fat kid roaming the streets of Carol City.
I knew Big Ike… personally—while I was doing a bid in the federal penitentiary. (Let me stop bullshitting you all. I was in jail for four days for Contempt of Court and ran into Big Ike, who was facing life for drugs. He let me walk the yard with him and his goons because I used be a dancer at one of his clubs.)
(Big Ike... a real dope boy legend in Miami in the 80's)
Rapper Rick Ross—after much denying the C.O. allegations and wanting us to know that he did in fact, sell cocaine, finally came clean in Don Diva Magazine stating: "I never tried to hide my past! I put my name inside all my CDs. My company has my SS #. I could've put a company name...I done been up and I done been down and that's what make me who I am. I never ratted on a nigga! I never prosecuted a nigga! I never locked up a nigga that is first and foremost. I always felt that me being the nigga I am, I never owed a nigga an explanation. When I'm making my music and I'm talking about blow, it's because I did it. When I say that I'm rich off of cocaine, it's because I did it. Those are the street principles that apply."
(William Roberts the correctional officer turned dope boy? turned rapper Rick Ross)
People seemed to be divided on the merits of Freeway Ricky Ross’s lawsuit. Some believe that because he was a drug dealer, he shouldn’t get shit for his former drug dealing proclivities. Others argue that, indeed, Rick Ross, the rapper, has perpetuated a fraud and should be held accountable in a court of law.
Did Rick Ross steal Freeway Ricky Ross’s identity? Absolutely! What do I think? I think Freeway Ricky Ross is gonna be laughing all the way to the bank! I think he just might win his lawsuit! I think he’s super-elated that someone would “pay homage” to him by designing a persona around his former lifestyle. Freeway Ricky is not mad, upset or any of that stuff! He wants to get paid and sees this as an opportunity to bilk some money off of a rapper. Don’t be surprised if both Rickys join forces and put out a video! Can a reformed drug dealer get paid?