The real Rick Ross could face off against the rapper Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II) in court this summer, over the usage of the name “Rick Ross.”
Freeway Ricky Ross ran a massive L.A.-based drug empire and controlled thousands of workers at the height of his power in the mid-1980’s. Ross’ workers dealt millions of dollars worth of cocaine each day.
In 1996, Ross was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to purchase over 100 kilograms of cocaine.
Ross was released from prison in 2006 and attempted to reclaim his name.
The ex-dealer claims that Miami rapper Rick Ross signed a multimillion dollar deal with Def Jam Records in 2006, based on his image and likeness as a drug dealer.
Rick Ross claims that he protested the use of his name in 2006 by sending cease-and-desist letters to Def Jam, which were allegedly ignored.
Freeway Ricky Ross was featured in a documentary called “American Drug War.” Watch a clip below: