In today’s Miami New Times, Uncle Luke penned a letter to Rozay for his “Luke’s Gospel” column.
Dear Rick Ross:
As someone who survived several rap beefs, I’m going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You’ve paid your dues and you’ve grown lyrically since the release of your debut album, Port of Miami, in 2006. You’ve arrived, buddy.
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.
Hip-hop has a rich history of college guys who never committed a crime rapping about moving kilos of cocaine and taking out snitches. Every gangster rapper takes on the role of a real hood legend to build up street cred. But I don’t want you to fall into the trap of believing you are really a gangster.
Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It’s time you squash your beefs.
Rick Ross issued a statement to AHH and canceled the remaining dates of his MMG Tour. Rumor has it that Rozay received death threats for gigs in Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. Refunds were given today.
“I want to apologize to all of my fans who I missed performing for due to the cancellations and want to let them know that I will get back to their cities. I enjoyed my experience with my little bros Wale and Meek Mill and I’m ready to get back in the studio to make good music.”
Rick Ross may be riding high on his Grammy nomination but he’s not above walking away from a show if his safety is at risk.
The Teflon Don, canceled his show in Charlotte, scheduled for this weekend, allegedly due to threats from gang members in the area.
Neither Ross nor the show’s promoter, Live Nation, have named the gang situation as a reason, but members of the Gangster Disciples have beef with the rapper over him calling out the name of their leader and using the Star of David (which they also use) on his Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape. The group released a YouTube video threatening him to stay out of the North Carolina city.
Paul Scott, a minister and Hip-Hop journalist, believes that killing the show was the right move. “I think fans should be concerned I think the parents should be concerned because you never know,” Scott said. “No one took the Tupac Notorious BIG beef seriously until they were both dead.”
Local police said in a statement that they take security measure very seriously. “As always with large events such as this concert, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will remain vigilant and work to ensure a safe environment for all those attending.”
Live Nation will refund fan tickets. Via:HipHopWired.com
Rick Ross‘ problems with the Gangster Disciples is spreading. First it was Georgia, now it’s the Alabama GD’s sending threats Ross’ way.
As previously reported, Ross offended the notorious street gang by putting his face on the six point star the group uses on the cover of his mixtape, The Black Bar Mitzvah. He also angered them by mentioning incarcerated Gangster Disciple leader Larry Hoover‘s name in the song “Blowing Money Fast.”
According to both videos that have been released Ross was supposed to pay money to the GD’s for the disrespect shown. Because he hasn’t they are putting pressure on him and the rest of MMG.
Ross might want to get that checkbook out ASAP.