News: Freeway Ricky Ross On Rick Ross Lying About C.O. Past, "He Pulled One Over Everybody's Head" [Video]
Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 10:00AM
Former drug kingpin Ricky "Freeway" Ross recently spoke on how he felt about rapper Rick Ross initially lying about his time as an ex-corrections officer in the mid-1990's.
From Freeway's perspective, the rapper did not have any other choice if he wanted to conceal his past.
"What else could he do [except lie], really, could he come out in the hip-hop world and tell 'em that he was a corrections officer rapping gangster rap or about selling drugs?," Freeway asked during an interview. "[And] basically living the lifestyle that he had read about in newspapers and books? Who would have went for it? He pulled one over everybody's head and made his bread. So, it is what it is." (This Is 50)
He recently revealed his ties with Ross' rap rival, 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)
Freeway previously touched on his distance from the Southern rapper last 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 hinted at 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 TV)
Check out Freeway Ricky Ross' interview below: