Uh oh. The REAL Rick Ross is unrelentless with his pursuit over the rights to his name and image. It's alleged that Ricky Rozay stole the Drug kingpens identity--and has gotten paid for it nonetheless. Sadly, earlier this month in a California court, Rick Ross lost his appeal against Rick Ross (William Roberts II.)
Freeway Rick originally filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in 2010 accusing the Maybach Music Group leader of stealing his name, image, and likeness in order to market his music. Freeway argued that his real life accounts of being a 1980′s drug kingpin were used by Roberts to create a fictional life story in order to further his career as a rap artist.
In a quote received by AllHipHop.com Rick Ross (The real Rick Ross) has the following and more to say:
I respect Hip Hop as an art form and consider many of its artists some of my close friends. But I believe the art form owes an obligation of authenticity. You cannot go out and say you sold cocaine at Kilo to Metric ton scale and be so detached from the experience. If you do, you have an obligation to the youth to tell them the truth and not lie about the facts of your circumstance to try to further validate the mistruth...
Visit http://allhiphop.com/2014/01/05/exclusive-freeway-rick-ross-addresses-rapper-rick-ross-authenticity-in-hip-hop/ for the full story and statement from Freeway Rick Ross.
In my opinion, the ex-drug lord turned motivational speaker to the youth has made a very valid point. Why are hip-hop artist so keen on making music that has focus on lives and experiences that they have not first hand experienced? Is living vicariously through another the only way to sale albums or gain a fan base?
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