Former drug kingpin Freeway Ricky Ross has revealed the motivation behind his recent decision to sue Jay-Z for signing rapper Rick Ross to Def Jam in 2005.
Freeway believes his past incarceration signaled a green light for Jay and Ross to use his name without permission.
“I think initially that they didn’t think I was ever going to get out of prison, so after it had went for so long and they had put so much money in it that they couldn’t back out. I actually read in an interview that [Ross] said I should be ‘happy’ that he ‘helped’ me out. I look at it like if someone steals your car; who cares that you put a new paint job on it? You still stole my car and that’s pretty much the situation.” (XXL Mag)
Freeway reportedly voiced his issues with Ross’ rap alias toward the beginning of his career at Def Jam.
The ex-convict claims his lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to executives at music label Def Jam in 2006, after they signed Roberts, to protest “the exploitation and misuse of his name”. He maintains he received no response from music bosses and claims the star went on to profit from the moniker “without his consent”. (Contact Music)
Despite the lawsuit, Ross recently tweeted his court victory.
“just got update on lawsuit filed against me….injuction to stop release of my album has been denied!!aka tossed out!!..teflon don july20…,” Ross wrote Friday (July 2). (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
Following the news, Freeway said he was still planning on continuing the legal battle against Ross.
“We were putting a restraining order, we wanted the album to be stopped,” Freeway said in an interview. “The judge ruled that we waited four years to do this and said while I was in prison I should have filed the suit so what we’ve done right now is we’ve [explained] the issue to him saying that while I was in prison I didn’t have the money and these lawsuits are very expensive, I’m just lucky I got [my upcoming] movie started and had the money to start the suit. So what we’re doing right now is mending it because [the judge] threw it out without prejudice meaning we could come back and ask him to do it again…That was the first round but you know — we’re going all the way with this. We spoke two weeks ago and he asked me my feeling on it and I told him it wasn’t personal, it’s just business and doesn’t have to feel any personal threat or anything like that and I was going to handle it in court.” (WGCI)
Check out a recent Freeway Ricky Ross interview below: