News: Freeway Ricky Ross On 50 Cent, "The Morning I Got Out, He Called Me & Expressed His Support"
Monday, Oct 26, 2009 4:55PM
Former drug kingpin Ricky "Freeway" Ross recently spoke on the support he has received from the hip-hop community upon the completion of a 14-year prison sentence.
Aside from announcing an upcoming film project with comedian Mike Epps, Ricky also revealed his ties with 50 Cent.
"50 Cent called me the day I got out and let me know if there was anything I needed to just let him know," he explained in an interview. "I don't know how he got my cell but the morning I got out he called me and expressed his support...[Ross] abruptly stopped taking my phone calls. I didn't come with my hand out, I came with ideas that I thought could make their career better. I don't want to be around nobody where I am just getting fed, I want to be somebody that brings substance to the table." (All Hip Hop Radio)
He previously touched on his distance from the Southern rapper earlier this month.
"My mom stayed on the side of the freeway when I was growing up so it started off as 'Rick Stay By The Freeway' until I got in to the drug business it turned into 'Freeway Rick,'" Ross explained in an interview with radio personality Charlamagne Tha God. "[Rapper] Freeway reached out and told me anything I needed he had me but Rick Ross, he hasn't reached out to me as of yet. That's not saying he won't reach out one day. But as of right now, he hasn't reached out...I reached out to him and spoke to him a few times and I basically was just telling him that he could be who he is. So he didn't have to use my name, he could just build a friendship with me. When I was in prison, I wanted him to start coming and seeing me, you know, just getting to know each other. And I told him he could still get his street credibility instead of doing that. We had about three conversations. When we spoke on the phone for the first three times, he paid homage and said he owed me. He told me how he first got the name and the whole nine yards." (100.3 The Beat)
The rapper touched on pursuing a business relationship with Ross earlier this year.
"I mean most definitely," Ross said regarding a possible business relationship. "You know I'm a business man so any business we could do, you know, it is most definitely something I look forward to doing. I mean a dude that just did a little time he could really reflect on different things, I don't know what kinda business ventures he know but me, we in to films and different things like that. You'll never know what a man is up to. Of course not , [I haven't met him.] But you know I been in the game a few years, shout-out to him, he's doing his thing. Do we have any business together? No we don't, but you know, we both hustlers. So I wish him the best, so you know, that's what I say on that." ("Jenny Boom Boom")
The mother of Ross' son, Tia Kemp, recently questioned why he chose to change his rap alias multiple times before deciding on the drug dealer's name.
"Rick Ross is a liar," Tia told radio personality Angela Yee. "You can't believe anything that comes outta this guy's mouth at this point. I mean nothing. I was with him for three years. He lies about everything. I think [it's a mental condition]. He's psychotic...I have no idea [why he chose the name 'Rick Ross']. Why would you wanna take someone else's name? Seriously, like you went from 'Teflon' to 'Willow' to 'Rick Ross.' Are you serious? He may have to change his name soon from 'Rick Ross' because Rick Ross is home now. He gonna have to see him." ("The Morning After")
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