Following the recent dismissal of his lawsuit against rap star Rick Ross over his moniker, former L.A. drug kingpin Freeway Rick Ross releases a statement calling for authenticity in hip-hop.
His statement, via AllHipHop.com, says rapper Rick Ross recreated himself in “his former image” as a major drug trafficker to attain success in the music biz… but says there needs to be an “obligation” to tell the truth within the genre.
“I respect hip-hop as an art form and consider many of its artists some of my close friends,” Freeway Rick Ross said. “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.
“There is a teachable moment about the state of our community when a man who has a respectable job as a correctional officer, has to recreate himself in my former image as a large-scale kingpin to gain what he feels is social acceptance as a successful man,” he continued.
Later in his his statement, he says he will continue speaking at educational institutions, is prepping an autobiographical book for February, and continues work on his big screen biopic.
Freeway Rick Ross was a major player in the Los Angeles drug trade during the 1980s, once selling as much as $3 million worth of the cocain in a day. His run eventually came to an end, after being arrested and sentenced to prison.
After serving 13 years, and being released in 2009, he had pursued the rapper in court for appropriating his name and likeness, seeking damages in excess of $10 million, and naming Warner Bros. Records, Universal Music and Jay Z as defendants.