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Ricky Rozay: Now Hold on There Dr. Watkins!
By Khalil Amani
It’s no secret that I’m a Rick Ross dick-rider “Stan.” As a hip-hop blogger, I try to be objective when I hear criticism being thrown his way—the whole correctional officer thingy and the pretty-evident “fact” that his name was pilfered from a dude that was in-league with the C.I.A. by helping whitey our government destroy South Central Los Angeles with crack cocaine—a crime so egregious and detrimental to the survival of the black family that if Ricky Rozay were to write 100 albums glorifying the drug trade, it would still not equal the damage meted out by the “real” Freeway Ricky Ross!
Forget that Rozay and I grew up in the same neighborhood (Miami-Carol City) and went to the same high school—M.C.C. Chiefs (albeit there are a few decades between us)—I’m one of the few bloggers that really shitted went at Rozay over his Molly lyric, as evidenced by my blog at Allhiphop.com. (See "Pop A Molly I'm Raping!" http://ahh.fm/?p=183322)
I’ve never met Ricky Rozay, (but I have met Gunplay and Torch)—and I’ve met Freeway Ricky Ross—even bought him a dranky-drank. He’s a good fellow, so don’t think I’m dissing him. Having said that…
I was taken aback by Dr. Boyce Watkins’s critique of Ricky Rozay for using Trayvon Martin’s name in his song “Mastermind.” He damn near started playin’ da dozens with his educated ass! He called Rozay a “fraud,”—“A morbidly obese, self-destructive, possibly drug addicted, over-tatooed, [sic] sexually-irresponsible monstrocity [sic] of a human-being who might likely be dead before the age of 45.” (BTW Dr. Watkins, you misspelled “tattooed” and “monstrosity” in your blog, but who’s checkin’ for spelling? I only have a Bachelor's Degree. Side-eye.) “Doctor” Watkins put his intellectual foot in Rozay’s ass! What drew the ire of the good doctor? These verses by Rozay:
Too close to a ni**a as a mother**king bomb
Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target
B*tch ni**as hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking
Wingstop owner, lend me pepper aroma
Young, black ni**a, barely got a diploma
Peep the track...
I’ll be honest (as always!). I thought the "Trayvon" name-drop was a gratuitous use of a tragic “shit-uation,” but I didn’t read disrespect into it. I would’ve told Rozay to trash the verse on G.P.—General Principle, not because it was disrespectful, but because it sucked! “Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target?” The hell does that mean? And then telling us he owns a Wingstop? Trayvon and Wingstop are incongruent things! THEY DON'T GO TOGETHER, but as Rozay explains it, a nigga should be on his “P’s & Q’s” and be aware of his surroundings, but as we all know, “real niggas DO die” and anybody can get-gotten up in heah, (and Rozay knows this! He didn’t crash his Rolls Royce Phantom for shits & giggles!), so it just doesn’t make sense.
For Dr. Watkins to call Rozay a “fraud” because he borrowed a nigga’s dirty name—by extrapolation there are lots of frauds in hip-hop/rap, because using the name of a gangster and glorifying gangsterism is part and parcel of rap’s make-up—Yo Gotti, Don, Three 6 Mafia, Capone & Noriega, Biggie Smalls, 50 Cent (the Original 50 Cent!), Nas Escobar, Scarface, "The Ghost of Rich Porter" (Jim Jones's album glorifying a NY D-Boy) etcetera, etcetera.
Rozay’s problem is that he chose the name of a nigga that actually came from the Pokey prison and wants a few duckets for his name. The “original” 50 Cent is taking a dirt-nap (dead), so a South Side Jamaica Queens nigga stole his name with no repercussions or consequences!
Yes! Ricky Rozay may be fat and he may die an early death because he is morbidly obese, but damn Dr. Watkins!—Why you put that energy out there? With all due respect, your blog sounded like the gibberish of an "Educated Fool" of the Don Lemon variety! You may not know this, but I know this! Rozay ain’t no fraud! Indeed, Rozay has lived many of the things he raps about! And like so many other rappers who have come before Rozay, glorifying drugs is part of raps history like glorifying gangs. Just because you know Freeway’s story and, by all accounts, are totally unaware of Rozay’s story—it doesn’t make him a fraud. It just means that you don’t know the whole story! You may not have heard about those notorious drug dealers in Miami—Big Ike, Bo Diddley, Convertible Bert, the Boobie Boys, Kenneth “Boobie” Williams”—it is out of this chaotic abyss that Ricky Rozay comes to the fore. You do know that Miami was the cocaine capital of America during Rozay’s formulative years? The 80's. (See the hood classics “Cocaine Cowboys” I & II).
Yes Dr. Watkins. You can pull verses to prove that Ricky Rozay spouts some nonsense, but then what do you do with the gems he spits like, “I’m iconic in the field like Solomon’s Seal… Big contracts, big contractors, built pyramids, period, we masters. No Caterpillars, it was just a lot of niggas. A lot of great thinkers and a lot of great inventors…” or “Last night I cried tears of joy. What did I do to deserve this? Not to dwell on the past, but to keep it real. I gotta represent for Emmitt Till. All the dead souls in the field. Lookin’ at my Rolly it’s about that time. White man had a problem with mine. And we supposed to be shy? The revolution still applies. Probably still on the rise!”
Like Tupac, Rozay can be introspective and revolutionary and Like ‘Pac, Rozay can be contradictory. In the midst of glorifying that dope-boy life, Rozay does spit gems for those of us that have ears. Instead of demonizing Rozay in Zimmerman-esque fashion, we should first understand that Rozay, Freeway Ricky Ross and those that are hurting the black community are “The Ignorance That Ignorance Created.” You, Dr. Boyce Watkins, being an educator and a financial specialist know full-well the socio-economic dynamic that creates the Freeways & Rozays of the world. Rozay is doing good things for the (black) community in Miami and if he should misstep, we, as elder statesmen should correct him in love and not put his humanity, yea, his very life and name, in the Universe for destruction! That’s what you have done to one of the sons of the African Diaspora Dr. Watkins. Tru' dat! R.I.P. Trayvon Martin.
Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12 Khalilamani@yahoo.com