Freeway Ricky Ross Vows To Take Back Control of ‘Rick Ross’ Name

By Miles Bennett   /   Published 05/25/10

Freeway Ricky RossSince being released from federal prison last year, former Los Angeles drug kingpin Freeway Ricky D. Ross has been preparing a battle plan to "go to war" for the rights to his name, specifically calling out rapper Rick Ross and parties involved in his career.

In a press release issued to us on Monday (May 24), Ross' camp accused rapper Rick Ross, Def Jam and Universal of profiting "off of his name unlawfully while he was in jail, without his consent."

"It's no secret that the boss at FreewayEnterprise.com is unhappy with how his name has been exploited and misused since he went to prison in 1995, and in 2006, the above-named parties signed [William L. Roberts II] (Rick Ross' government name) to a big record deal and then spent, and made, millions off Ross' name," Freeway Ricky's camp says in a press release.

Freeway Ricky claims that he had previously "protested the exploitation and misuse of his name from prison" in 2006, by having a lawyer send letters to Def Jam to cease use, but was ignored. Now that's he out of prison, he plans to stand up for his rights, by fighting for the "control of his name in commerce by any means necessary."

It's unclear, however, if Ross plans to file a lawsuit against the rapper and his record labels, or if his comments are strictly for plans to run a campaign protesting the use of the name.

In the meantime, Freeway Rick Ross is planning a movie about his life with writer/producer Nick Cassavettes, which is slated to drop next year. He is also seeking a deal to release a book about his life as well.

Freeway Ricky Ross was released from prison in May 2009, after serving 20 years for operating a $2 million per day multi-state drug empire. Although he was originally sentenced to life in prison after he was busted trying to purcahse over 100 kilos of cocaine from undercover agents, his sentence was reduced through appeals, after a series of explosive articles by the late Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb uncovered C.I.A.'s role in importing cocaine into black communities to fund Sandinistas in El Salvador, as part of the Iran-Contra scandal.

Rapper Rick Ross emerged on the scene in 2006 with his hit single, "Hustlin'," where he bragged about tales of slinging massive amounts of cocaine through Miami. When he broke onto the scene, controversy surfaced over his rap moniker, which many believed he stole from Freeway Ricky Ross.

For more info, visit FreewayEnterprise.com.

  • Nick

    Rick ross should change his name to Rick Fraud.,, These south scums always jackin Cali coulture

  • rick

    get over it Freeway, your just trying to get any kind of money u can get, hustlin would of sold regardless who the fatass chose his name to be!!!!!!

  • Nesticles

    This is more sad than anything really.

  • GEORGE

    @rick, I agree with you. @nick, "south scum"? The west coast fell off before NY did, Freeway Rick is just jealous that Ross The Bawse dusted off his name and made something out of it. And you call destroying blacks a culture?

  • Reno Red

    ...Naw fat boi gotta kum up off that name.....i. Aint tryin ta shyt on tha rapper "ross"..but kum on now....freeway rick been havin tha name ..well over 20 yrs & really did tha damn shyt.....not a ex prison guard...who needed a quik gimmick...but now tha rapper "ross" has hella money so he got folks on his team now.....nuthin but luv for miami..but its. A possibility this kould get ugly

  • Loon

    This nigga is stupid he don't have no copyright or whateva for his street name. Like it's a ghetto trademark or something.

  • Trilla

    If it wasn't for the rapper Rick Ross, then not many people would know about Freeway Ricky Ross. Freeway should be thankful for the publicity so he can sell his movie and book.

  • BigWill

    BIG UP TO THE REAL RICKY ROSS IT'S BOUT TIME U GOT AFTER THIS FAKE ASS OFFICER RICK ROSS I HOPE U SUE THAT MOFOKER TAKE ALL HIS CHEDER U DID THE BID U PAID THE DUES U PAID THE PRICE TO BE THE BOSS TELL THAT HOE ASS NIGGA TO SIT THE FUCK DOWN

  • Cpimpin

    f*ck that..If somebody came out using anyone of ya names you would sue too..if you didnt you a dummy

  • j

    Get yo money Florida Rick Ross, fuck LA Ricky Ross. Snitch azz nigga thats how he got out of prison. With help from Maxine Waters Need to worry about them Hoova niggaz. Honcho aint out, Harry O aint out, nigga a disgrace looking like a fiend

  • Mr. Fully

    If The real 50 cent was alive he would of sued 50 cent too.

  • Tari

    Cant sue anything thats not copyrighted. So I hope he did that before he got locked up because if not that means anyone can sue people over taking someone else name or nick name.

  • http://cdbaby.com/jsmoothrap J-SMOOTH

    THE RAPPER RICC ROSS IS A FRAUD BUT DONT BE PUTTING THAT LABEL ON THE SOUTH EXCLUSIVELY CUZZ WE GOT SOME GANSTA AZZ NIGGAZ DOWN HER CUZZ. AND DONT 4GET HALF OF CALI'S CULTURE CAME FROM THE SOUTH AS IN MOST OF YOUR TRIPLE OG'S ARE FROM HERE PAT'NA. 50 CENT WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN SUED BECAUSE THAT WAS A NICCNAME AND NOT HIS REAL NAME.RICC ROSS IS THAT GUYS REAL NAME AND THAT FRAUD AZZ NIGGA WILLIAM SHOULD BE ASHAMED

  • http://cdbaby.com/jsmoothrap J-SMOOTH

    JUST A QUICC REMINDER CUZZ.STANLEY TOOKIE WILIAMS WAS FROM LOUISIANA AND RAYMOND WASHINGTON WAS FROM TEXAS BKA THE MUTHA FUGGIN SOUTH. AS IN THE FOUNDERS OF THE CRIPz CUZZ

  • http://cdbaby.com/jsmoothrap J-SMOOTH

    IM SO SICC AND TIRED OF THESE BITCH AZZ INTERNET GANGSTERS HATIN ON THE SOUTH. STOP HATIN BITCH

  • http://thetonygrands.wordpress.com Tony Grands™

    For those saying Ricky can't sue, not true. Also, "Ricky Ross" isn't the man's "street" name. It's his actual given name, not a nom de plum.

    &, dudes like 50 years old. So yeah, he's had his name for more than "20 years." Lolcatz @ whoever said that.

    Ricky can most definitely sue if he can prove that Leonard's actions damaged or tarnished Ross' reputation in some way.

  • http://thetonygrands.wordpress.com Tony Grands™

    ^^^I meant William.

  • Multi-reallionaire

    Freeway Ricky Ross is a convicted felon who spent 20 years in prison for being a drug lord and selling cocaine in the African American community. Can anyone tell me how Rick Ross from Miami tarnished his name and reputation?? Ricky has done more to himself than anyone else could ever do.

  • http://thetonygrands.wordpress.com Tony Grands™

    @Multi-reallionaire-

    I didn't say it made any type of sense, homeboy. & don't get it twisted like I can't appreciate the magnitude of societal damage this man may have helped to inflict on the "community." I'm well aware of the drug & alcohol problem in America.

    However, my opinion (& yours for that matter) has nothing to do with a man's rights & legal options. Even convicted felons have rights, legal & otherwise.

    Read a book, fam.

  • DaRuLa

    Williams didn't tarnish his reputation he glorified it and profited from it. He is gonna have to pay the Real Rick Ross. I would suggest he settle out of court for a few million and change his name...I think he already using Ricky Rose or something more appropriate for his fake a**.

  • Multi-reallionaire

    @Tony Grands...What rights does he have?? The right to vote?? He's lucky to be out of prison. I talked to a friend of mine yesterday who is a lawyer and she told me his case is going nowhere. No judge or jury will take him seriously.

  • http://yourmom.com Hong Kong Fuey

    Rick Ross has no trademark on his name which means the case will get thrown out of court. I swear y'all some straight up monkeys glorifying a poison peddler who destroyed alot of black communities. I would love to join the KKK so I could do a driveby from Cali down to Florida. Being a aggin is a sickness.

  • CO Hate 4 Life

    ID DONT FUCKS WITH CORRECTION OFFICERS. FUCK THE BAWSE THAT NIGGAS DIRT.

  • Phone Check

    Unfortunately Officer Rick from Miami is gonna have to un-ass the name. It's a person's real name and real life that he is biting off of in the worst way. He should call himself CO Willie. KEEP IT TRILLA.

  • Phone Check

    @HONGKONGFUEY, you do realize the rapper Rick Ross is doing the same damn thing? you fucking idiot!

  • lorraine rhymes

    To all that has written in about officer Williams!! Have your ever throught about him as a inforemate for the feds! once a police always a police or a inforemate,
    . those who associate with him better not talk ,or do anything around him because if he lied about being a officer, what else will and has he lied about? Why didnt he come out and call him self officer bill,thats a hook..and tell the stories about the crime u see in the hood and the people that you watch in jail! Am just saying...Thats a ummmm moment

  • Ducepound

    SNITCHIN ASS NIGGA!