Bad Boy Records’ French Montana recently discussed how close longtime friend Rick Ross came to losing his life last month and revealed hanging out with the “Boss” hours prior to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida shooting.
According to Montana, he partied alongside Ross for his 37th birthday shortly before the near-fatal attack went down.
“I was with him that night. It was his birthday at Club Liv. I was like the last person that walked him to the car before he drove off,” Montana told host Sway Calloway and guest Jermaine Dupri as they sat and listened. “When it’s your birthday, you think everybody loves you. You’re not thinking nothing of it.” When Sway asked about Ross, the conversation took a heartfelt turn. “You never know,” French advised. “You just always gotta protect yourself.” (MTV)
Last weekend, Ross finally broke his silence on what transpired in late January.
Not at all, not at all,” Ross said when asked if there were any new developments since last month’s shooting. “No suspects and we’re not here to speculate on any suspects. I’m just staying positive, I’m moving forward and I’m just staying on top of my game. MMG. We got the biggest releases of the year, this year, coming. That’s my focus and I’m here — you most definitely got to make some adjustments [to your security] but at the same time, I’m gonna live my life and do what I love to do and that’s make music.” (MTV)
A couple days prior, Ross gave paparazzi the silent treatment after getting spotted on the streets of Los Angeles and asked about what went down.
Rick Ross is laughing in the face of mortal danger — stepping out in L.A. Thursday with a big smile and a fat cigar … oblivious to the fact that someone may be trying to kill him. You may recall … Ross crashed his Rolls-Royce in Ft. Lauderdale January 28 after someone fired dozens of shots at his car. Ross and his passenger weren’t hurt — but it’s pretty obvious someone’s got it out for him … possibly a gang. When we shot this video of Ross leaving a Bev Hills restaurant … he made it very clear he has no fear. It’s the first time Ross has been seen out in public since the day of the shooting. (TMZ)
Shortly after the shooting took place, reports claimed the “Boss” hired 24-hour security.
After narrowly escaping bullets from a drive-by shooting in Ft. Lauderdale, the rapper has hired armed personal bodyguards to protect him 24/7! Rick Ross was the target of a drive-by shooting outside Miami on Jan. 28, and he ended up crashing his Rolls-Royce to escape the gunfire. Even though the shooter has not been identified, the rapper had been threatened by a street ganga called Gangsta Disciples for weeks before the dangerous attack. As a hip-hop artist, Rick had armed security for big events such as concerts and public appearances, but in the wake of the drive-by shooting, he has decided to have armed bodyguards 24/7. (Hollywood Life)