Nick Cannon‘s forthcoming dream role has been approved by the man he’s set to portray: Freeway Ricky Ross. In an exclusive interview with Hip Hollywood, the ex-con showered Cannon with tons of praise. Cannon’s portrayal of the former drug dealer is a far cry from his more comedic gigs, including creating Wild’N Out and hosting America’s Got Talent. Ross however believes that the 32-year-old will do an amazing job. “My gut feeling is telling me that Nick is going to kill it,” he predicted. “I believe that he is the next big star, black star coming out, it just seems so right to me right now.” Ross is said to have reached out to the likes of Jamie Foxx, Larenz Tate, Don Cheadle, and Denzel Washington about playing him. He believes that his story is different from films of a similar context, in that there “hasn’t been a drug dealer that has come out and put everything out.” Equally excited about the flick is Cannon. “I’ve been wanting him to play my role since ’96,” he said in a video posted online, further explaining his close relationship with Ross. “We family now, we are going to get this thing right. However long it takes, his story has got to be told.”
Pusha T gives a status update on Rick Ross after an assassination attempt.
Following yesterday’s incident where Rick Ross crashed his Rolls Royce after a drive-by shooting, Pusha T has revealed that he reached out to make sure that he was doing alright. During an interview with MTV News, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper said that he and Ross share the same mix engineer and that he hit him up to make sure that the Maybach Music Group emcee was in good spirits. ”I don’t wanna hear about that with anybody. I definitely like hit him up like, ‘Yo just let me know you’re okay.’ We have the same mix engineer and I ended up speaking to him later on that day and he was like, ‘Yeah, he’s just laying back,’” said Pusha. “That was enough for me, but it’s tough out here. It’s tough out here for an artist. This is the only profession where you don’t really leave your core. You don’t really leave your upbringing. You don’t really leave that behind, you stay in it, lyrically and so on and so forth. You can’t really get out of it, you can’t get away from it. I don’t care how much money you have.” Ross is yet to comment on the matter. “Freeway” Ricky Ross spoke with HipHopDX earlier today, stating that “not surprised” that the assassination attempt occurred because Ross “doesn’t understand the street rules.”