Ex-drug kingpin Freeway Ricky Ross‘ nephew/rapper, Slim da Mobster, has shed light on his uncle’s issues with Def Jam’s Rick Ross using his name as a rap alias.
Mobster feels Ross’ decision to profit off the name is inexcusable.
“Totally disrespectful. And it’s become more disrespectful,” Slim said in an interview, “like I said, a lot of these n*ggas ain’t what they say they are. If you ain’t a stand-up cat then don’t use a stand-up guy’s name. With me, strangely, I got my name from [notorious pimp and Blues vocalist] Fillmore Slim. That’s another part of when I was out here in the street. A lot of these dudes, they confuse fact with fiction. They’re so fictional, that they’re willing to do anything for money. Me, myself, I’m not an anything-for-money type of n*gga…So for me, it just be funny when I hear a n*gga use somebody that I actually know’s name and it comes to [known] for one, [Rick Ross] was a cop or a C.O., police, worker, whatever. Now you’re confusing people with this picture you painted. That’s like you painting a picture and me takin’ credit for it. That’s like your picture with my signature at the bottom of it. That ain’t cool. When you’ve sat in prison for over 20 years for this sh*t, I don’t want anybody using my name unless you’re along those lines or you’re of that caliber.” (Hip Hop DX)
Freeway has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Ross and Def Jam over the commercial usage of his name.
In a press release issued to us on Monday (May 24), Ross’ camp accused rapper Rick Ross, Def Jam and Universal of profiting “off of his name unlawfully while he was in jail, without his consent.” “It’s no secret that the boss at FreewayEnterprise.comis unhappy with how his name has been exploited and misused since he went to prison in 1995, and in 2006, the above-named parties signed [William L. Roberts II] (Rick Ross’ government name) to a big record deal and then spent, and made, millions off Ross’ name,” Freeway Ricky’s camp says in a press release. (Baller Status)
Earlier this year, Ross talked about the rapper not experiencing the same trials and tribulations he went through.
“I just keep pushing, I don’t really trip off of him using my name,” Freeway said in an interview. “I don’t really give it much thought. He was clever with what he did, he made himself a nice piece of money, fortune. I’m thankful that he didn’t have to sell drugs. There’s so many of us out here selling drugs and getting ourselves locked up at least he’s in a position where all he does is rap about it. You know, you can’t really knock him for that. You know, it is what it is. I had nightmares in prison about selling drugs. I’m a selling addict.” (Urban Spin Online)
Aside from being related to Freeway, Slim is reportedly signed to Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent.
“I’m not even focused on my album right now,” Slim said in an interview. “I’m all about his album. ‘Cause the better I do on that, the better it is for the situation with my album.” After getting the co-signs from the big homies Dre and Em, 50 Cent was the next to jump onboard behind the young rapper. Now, Slim Da Mobster is the first artist signed to all three artists, representing G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath. (MTV)
Check out a past Slim da Mobster interview down below: