The new year hasn’t been kind to Rick Ross, thanks to a publicized shooting attempt. We know about Rozay’s ongoing Gangster Disciple problem, his BET scuffle with Jeezy and all the other assorted mischief associated with his faux-gangster persona. Now, Uncle Luke, in all of his eternal wisdom, weighs in on the subject for the Miami New Times, dropping some gems that are hard to refute:
“But all this gangster bullshit is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot. You can forget about doing any tours or CD signings. And if you can’t make money, watch how fast Warner Bros. Records turns on you. I know from experience how venues and the music industry would like to black ball you.
You have the Gangster Disciples breathing down your neck because you’ve named-dropped Larry Hoover, the gang’s founder, in your music. Unlike the record and book publishing industries, these bad dudes don’t understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader, and they don’t like it. That’s why they’re on YouTube talking about how you need to go see them and cut a check.
It’s a shame you can’t enjoy life without spending part of your earnings on heavy security or risking your freedom by purchasing an arsenal. Remember, that’s what landed T.I. and Lil Wayne in prison. You don’t want that to happen to you. However, those are the consequences of rapping about being something you’re not.”
Really, the entire open letter is a must-read, and it’s hard to do anything other than co-sign what Luke is saying. I (obviously) have no experience dealing with such a volatile situation, but it seems like a simple equation. Considering that his actual credentials don’t exactly match what Rozay wants his resume to read and considering that a group like the Gangster Disciples are a much more real threat than 50 Cent, more knuckle-headed behavior (and, really, doing anything but getting to the bottom of who tried to turn his car into Swiss cheese is knuckle-headed) is going to leave us mourning another big name in Hip-Hop.