News: Freeway Ricky Ross On Rick Ross, "He Hasn't Reached Out To Me As Of Yet" [Audio]
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 10:31PM
Former drug kingpin Ricky "Freeway" Ross spoke on the rap alias of Def Jam's Rick Ross and revealed a conversation he had with the Miami rapper.
According to Freeway, the two had spoken during his 14 year prison sentence.
"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 previously 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)
Aside from being released last May and featured on BET's "American Gangster" series, Freeway is reportedly preparing a new television show.
A new reality show called "A Year With Freeway Ricky Ross" is currently in production and will go along with Ricky Ross as he leaves prison and moves into a halfway house in California. The show will follow his attempt to regain his former fortune through legal means, while at the same time making amends with the community. (Freeway Ricky Ross)
Check out Freeway Ricky Ross speaking on Rick Ross below: