The Real Rick Ross Freeway Rick Ross Interview 6/20/17
It must be pretty strange to be sitting in a jail cell back in 2006, and hear of a new rapper out there with your name, claiming to know all about the cocaine connections that got you sent to jail for a very long time. There were rumors. Around 2007-2008, the real Rick Ross started receiving letters from Miami. From guys in prison and stuff like that. They were mad and they were saying that he was an ex-corrections officer and that he was saying things in his records about real people from the drug trade that he really didn’t know. Former cocaine trafficker and C.I.A./Contra/crack-conspiracy fall guy, now turned mentor and philanthropist, Rick Ross only refers to the rapper “Rick Ross” by his real name, William Roberts.
The former drug kingpin who took Miami rapper Rick Ross to court for using his name has no problem with Freeway, Philly rapper, paying him homage. The name is the co-sign Freeway received as Freeway Ricky Ross, who also appeared on Free’s 2016 mixtape Fear of a Free Planet.
Richard Donnell Ross, better known as FREEWAY RICK ROSS, is one of those rare figures whose experience as a drug kingpin has led him to a life of rebuilding the community in which he once helped destroy.
Ricky Ross was once a drug kingpin who made $2 to $3 million a day and is now out of jail and rebuilding at-risk communities. The nickname Freeway came from Ross owning properties along the Los Angeles Harbor Freeway and living next to Interstate 110. Although he was initially sentenced to life in prison, the term was reduced to 20 years. While serving his time, Ross formally educated himself and began laying the groundwork for legitimate media efforts, overcoming his illiteracy. In May of 2009, Ross completed his sentence and was released from prison.
In addition to establishing his documentary Freeway: Crack in the System, he authored a book, Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography with Cathy Scott, hashed out the terms of a film deal, created The Freeway Literacy Foundation, developed a few reality television shows, and founded a record label. The former drug runner is also interested in bolstering at-risk communities, and is working with a non-profit foundation, Haze HOPE Center to help underprivileged youth and families. A frequent speaker at college and motivational events and on the radio. He has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek, Inc, Wired Magazine, and many other media outlets.
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