With his very logical reasons related to money aside, I guess it does suck having to go to the bank and say “No, I’m the real Rick Ross. The real drug dealer, not the fake rapper from Florida.” Actually, I get confused with the other John Gotti quite frequently so I feel Mr. Ross’ pain.
Now that the real “Freeway” Rick Ross, is out of jail he’s ready to reclaim the rights to his name. The infamous L.A.-based drug trafficker is planning a lawsuit against Miami rapper Rick Ross (real name William L. Roberts II), for profiting off the unlawful use of his name, along with Def Jam, Universal, and others. XXLmag.com spoke to both Ross and his lawyers today (May 25) to find out more about their case.
The former drug king spent almost 15 years in prison for trying to purchase more than 100 kilos of cocaine from a federal agent. While locked up the Southern MC has dominated the use of his reputable name, forcing Ross (and others) to refer to himself as “the Real Rick Ross” to differentiate between the two.
“I just want my name back,” Rick told XXL. “I don’t want to have to be ‘the real Rick Ross.’ When I go places I have to explain to people that I am the real one because Def Jam has put him on TV and now people recognize him. It causes a conflict.”