Freeway Rick Ross

Freeway Ricky Ross On Rappers Not Using Their Own Names


In the days since losing a court battle to Maybach Music Group rap star Rick Ross, the man whom the rhymesayer’s name is taken from is weighing in on the trend of rappers using well-known monikers to enhance their images.

Speaking with AllHipHop.com, Freeway Ricky Ross said he believes entertainers are selling themselves short by not using their own names. In his eyes, MCs should capitalize on being their own person.

“The way I look at it is a man wants to make his own name, and he wants to be his own man,” the former drug kingpin stated. “With me, I never wanted to be nobody else. There’s people that I admired, but I never wanted to be them or to take their name and their likeness and claim it as mine. I always wanted to be my own man and do things my own things my own way.

“I think that by not using your own name, you don’t represent yourself,” continued Freeway Ricky Ross. “It’s like you’re kind of representing somebody else, kind of like getting a boost. I guess it’s really nothing wrong with that if that’s the kind of person you are. People use that all the time to get in the business. They are seen with somebody else, ‘That’s such and such’s boy’ or ‘That’s such and such’s girl.’ I guess some people need that to get the doors open for them. I guess at the end of the day, getting in is the most important thing to a lot of people, but for me I never wanted to be nobody’s boy. I always wanted to be the man…if you got the skills it’s gonna show.”

Ross’ comments come after a lengthy public battle with the rapper Rick Ross. In March, an L.A. County Superior Court judge dismissed Freeway Ricky Ross’ lawsuit against the entertainer’s use of his name. The ruling marked the second time Freeway Ricky Ross has lost in court concerning the situation.

Looking back on the proceedings, Freeway Ricky Ross maintains he was the victim of a corrupt legal system.

“This is a corrupt society. It’s about the haves and the have nots. And right now, with my current financial position, I’m not in a position of power financially,” he shared. “Universal Music Group. It’s a billion dollar company. They’re one of the strongest corporations in this country. People can be bought. Judges and politicians and everybody. This is what I feel happened. It was done on a technicality and the issue is still not resolved in my mind. How can somebody be allowed to trample over somebody’s rights?”

Although he is a fan of rap music, Freeway Ricky Ross is not a fan of what’s currently keeping listeners’ attention.

“I’m definitely a rap fan, but not necessarily the current rap. I think the rappers went too far. It went from being a regular message to now, to where now it’s all about spitting in the people’s face, You know, whose car is the biggest. I can go to the club and take your girl. I got more money than you, my clothes are better than yours,” he said.

“What I learned is that clothes don’t make the man. You could take a bum and put him on an Armani suit, but up under that costume is still a bum, because it’s not the clothes, it’s the mind that determines who the man is. It’s his actions that decide who the man is. Not the car that he drives. Not the shoes that he has on. Not the woman that he’s with. None of those really matter because none of those are gonna define who you really are. On the outside, people might look and say ‘Oh man! Look at that there,’ but the inside is trash. And then you could take a guy and he could be a bum. He could look like a bum, but then on the inside he could have the inside of a prince. He could be thinking like a king.”

As for who’s on his rap radar, Freeway Ricky Ross cites new up and coming artists, more so than popular music makers. Among those entertainers are Paris Montgomery, an artist Ross says is bringing a different vibe to the rap scene.

“He’s a musical genius, I think. I’ve been in the studio with a lot of people since I’ve been home…I’ve just been in the studio with so many of them, but I ain’t never seen nobody that can take a song like this kid man. Everybody that I take him and put him in the studio with, he takes their music and just makes magic out of it …he’s gonna be the one to put the West Coast back on…in a smooth way, talking that real and his music is dope. He’s the whole package. I’m really excited to be managing him. I’m just fortunate he came to me.”

In addition to Montgomery, Freeway Ricky Ross is looking for “talented people” to help work on an album he is putting together.

“Just anybody that’s talented that want to get their music out,” he said. “I really don’t want people that’s already signed. I really want new people.”

Those interested in working with Ross, can contact him via Facebook, www.freewayrick.com, www.freewayenterprise.com, or on Twitter (@freewayricky).

  • Michael Burmeister

    His name is FREEWAY Rick Ross…why does he have a problem with the rapper Rick Ross, but not the rapper Freeway?

    • Because his government name is not FREEWAY. It’s Rick Ross.

      Look out for my new album. My rap name is Michael Burmeister. I’m going to dye my hair blond and drop a bunch of albums. Let’s get it!!

    • Freeway Enterprise

      Freeway has respect and is Rick friend

  • I honestly can’t feel sorry for a man who helped tear apart the black community but damn he’s getting played. He’s right about the quality of music though.

    • Freeway Enterprise

      US GOV used Rick as a pawn in their game. Look deeper and dont believe everything you read. Do some research

      • No man is a chess piece in life unless he chooses to be.

      • immackulate

        he put his own self in that situation – its always a niggah that phucks thangs up for BLACK FOLKS – he a cot damn biggot and a trader – a JUDHIST at that

        he put himself in that trap thinking he had the white mans support to phuck off black communities in the name of the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR – there’s already been a movie out loosely based DID HE SUE THE WHITE MF’S THAT PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTED THAT MOVIE – hell nah – that niggah a cot damn sell out

      • immackulate

        he aint no better than the niggahs he sued

  • RichFromBX

    could you imagine if the real Gotti family went after every rapper who used ‘Gotti’ in their rap name…the courts would’ve been tied up for years…

    personally, I see the real Rick Ross’ point on creating your own but at the end of the day your a felon who ruined 1000’s of lives, killed and had people killed…you get nothing, you lose…good day sir…

    • Freeway Enterprise

      Rick did his time and paid his dues. He is just like me and you a human. How would you like someone making millions off your name and lifestyle and then not giving you anything for it. It doesnt matter if Rick is a felon, he is a human first and we have rights. Dont believe everything you read and hear. A wise man told me you have two ears and one mouth so do twice as much listening then talking always. 

      • immackulate

        he aint making millions off his name – he making millions off his own music
        is BRAD JORDAN making millions off SCARFACE the movie … why didnt he sue FREEWAY – are the FAT CAT producers gonna be sued by The Fat Cats (drug kingpins) children – Curtis Jackson aint the real 50 Cent – can Doctor Dre from Yo MTV raps sue Dr. Dre from World Class Wreckin Crew –

        rap has always been azz backwards in regards to the monikers entertainers use …

        Rick Ross been out YEAARRRSSS before Hustlin ever dropped – why he aint sue that niggah or at least send a cease and desist .  I cant respect neither one of these clowns – cuz one was pushing GENOCIDE and the other is promoting GENOCIDE fighting over a name is worthless – he need to be trying to right his wrongs cuz Prison wasn’t enough of dues paid – the REAL FREEWAY RICK ROSS killed generations of black folks behind is HUNGER FOR MORE – he should have been the 1st niggah to show humility – he need to be giving fat azz ROSS game or denouncing this glorified thug shyt stead of waisting time looking for a handout cuz he included Jay-Z in his initial lawsuit

        Freeway Enterprise should have came home on some BLACK PANTHER REVOLUTIONARY – TURN THE TIDES – type shyt but he out here shopping for movie deals based on his life … instead of not wanting to promote that type shyt and helping build bridges for the families and generations that he destroyed

        phuck the both of them niggahs SCRAIGHT UP

      • and throw him in a box after that.

      • RichFromBX

        you have two eyes but apparently can’t read…I said I agreed with his point about how Officer Ricky should’ve created something on his own and not portrayed the life of someone else as his own…my point was that with his history he shouldn’t be surprised that he can’t win in court…we’re not talking about someone who stole cars…we’re talking about someone who stole lives…and don’t believe everything I read and hear…what, Rick Ross was actually a good guy who couldn’t catch a break, deep down he was really caring??? I believe that on some level people can repent but doesn’t erase what you did or the pain you caused…move forward, if he was sorry about anything or had any remorse he would be trying to get far away from that life and not be looking to make money of the lifestyle for a second time

      • Your an idiot…this man said he introduced Crack to the world. You support him..he’s not human he is the worst kind of devil…

  • immackulate

    he need to be trying to get at the gov’t and exposing the corrupt shyt they do –
    and let Officer Ricky dig his own grave … DEEPER THAN RAP

  • Its so many people who use stage names. He is not stealing his identity. Freeway Ricky needs to move on with his life. he should be trying to live life and get away from the image that put him in prison for so many years. Intead he keeps runnin around doing interviews and appearances  using the rapper Rick Ross’s fame to promote what ever it is he trying to do. Rick Ross the rapper is not hurting him or his character in any way thats why he keeps loosing. Go do some community outreach and try to mend some of the lives you destroyed. If rapper Rick Ross’s career was flop, would this guy even get this much play? Hell no!!!

  • so if the real RICK ROSS wanted to rap and drop a album under his real name we would have 2 RICK ROSS,,,aint that a problem?????  its known the officer ricky took his look and his life story and tried to make it like it was his story,,  well fans of this new pop rap are fake anyway so they wouldnt understand the issue,,,,a real man would

  • rep87

    Man time to let it go its over you lost in court its just a nick name thats connected to negitive bullshit on both ends

  • timwest1000

    He paid his debt to society. CB4 is what MMG is on. Trick False is living example of what money can do. The court of public opinion should have convicted the Fake Rick Ross a long time ago.

  • timwest1000

    This affects you, me and everyone when someone can take your name and get rich off of it. Any one of you would lose your mind if somenone took your name and style and got rich off of it. This man was named that by his mom, he lived that life.

  • timwest1000

    Trick False used to lock people in cages for selling dope, now he is the dealer? WTF are we thinking anyway. BOO this man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • timwest1000

    controlling our comments is gay, forget this story and this site

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  • It’s not about a stage name, it’s about the fact that MMG RR took this man’s life story. I see it like someone stealing you SS number and getting credit cards and cars in your name. MMG RR is making it hard for the real RR to make money off his own name, and that is wrong.

    • So you support this killer of families..this dude brags that he was the main guy who showed people how to cook cocaine. Forget him he should not see any money he should be in a box 6ft deep.

  • Juan Spin Serrano

    RICK ROSS THE RAPPER IS GAY!!! HES A DOPE LYRICIST AND HAS A GOOD WAY WITH WORDS….BUT THE THINGS HE RAPS ABOUT IS B.S. AND DUMB. I DONT LISTEN TO IT AND I ENCOURAGE MY KIDS TO HAVE SOME STANDARD IN THEIR CHOICE OF MUSIC AND LYRICS…..PLEASE KEEP REAL HIPHOP ALIVE!!

  • Honestly..this dude needs to be in a box..for all the genocide he helped produced..killing families and generations with CRACK. He gets no remorse from me…and I see him I will spit on him.

    • timwest1000

      what will you do to the fake rick ross who is carrying on the legacy and glorifying it on your radio everyday? the real rick ross did his time, may have even asked god for forgiveness, who are you to judge? you never did anything wrong? you probly smoked crack thats why you mad!that is the real queston. he who throws the first stone playa.

  • I understand where he’s coming from though.  If you’re gonna have the audacity to steal a name, at least give a little recognition to the niggah you stole it from. I mean not only the name, he stole the man’s whole life!  Straight MC Gusto’d his azz.  Straight Outta Locash!

  • niggas dont have any charisma or real genius anymore……gotta copy someone else to get ahead…….niggas be dickriding     smdh

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