Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross kept mum when approached by a Los Angeles paparazzo this week and hit with questions related to his near-death shooting last month.
Rather than offer up any statements, Ricky Rozay stayed mum on the discussion and puffed on a cigar.
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)
This week, MMG’s Wale spoke on what transpired last week and denied claims that Ross may have staged the shooting.
“I think the whole thing’s been blown up,” Wale said about Ross’ shooting. “I think the media, you know, is perpetuating a lot of things, God forbid something happen to anybody then they’re going to be playing people’s records all day and acting like [they cared]. … It’s a joke to y’all because you see somebody on TV everyday but what if that’s your friend, ’cause that’s my friend. I was talking to him last night about the football game so what y’all think is a joke, that’s somebody’s health. I know his children. You know what I’m saying? God forbid something happens — and I just lost one of my brothers so I don’t even play around with that stuff.” (“Streez Morning Grind”)
A few days ago, Miami hip-hop veteran Uncle Luke penned an open letter to Ross in relation to the incident.
“Dear Rick Ross: As someone who survived several rap beefs, I’m going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You’ve paid your dues and you’ve grown lyrically since the release of your debut album, Port of Miami, in 2006. You’ve arrived, buddy. But all this gangster bullsh*t is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot. You can forget about doing any tours or CD signings. And if you can’t make money, watch how fast Warner Bros. Records turns on you. I know from experience how venues and the music industry would like to black ball you. You have the Gangster Disciples breathing down your neck because you’ve named-dropped Larry Hoover, the gang’s founder, in your music. Unlike the record and book publishing industries, these bad dudes don’t understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader, and they don’t like it. That’s why they’re on YouTube talking about how you need to go see them and cut a check.” (Miami New Times)
Recent reports claim the “Boss” hired 24-hour security following the Fort Lauderdale shooting.
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)
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