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It’s hard to call yourself a boss if you’re borrowing someone else’s name. But that’s what Rick Ross is trying to do, using the name that once belonged to Freeway Ricky Ross, a notorious drug dealer during the 1980s. We’re not sure why the courts won’t pay Freeway for the name he made famous, since Rick Ross probably couldn’t have made his riches without it.
But a court is making it tough for Ricky, as he continues to fight for a piece of the empire that was built on a name he used long ago. Rick Ross, on the other hand, makes us wonder what kind of man takes the name of someone else and tries to pass it as his own. Remember MC Gusto from the movie CB4? Maybe that’s what was on his mind at the time.
Reason4Rhymes.com tells more:
Former LA drug kingpen “Freeway” Ricky Ross, born Ricky Donnell Ross, continues the battle with Miami rapper, Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, over the use of his name and likeness.
Rapper, Rick Ross, has defeated “Freeway” Ricky Ross in court twice. A judge threw out “Freeway’s” original $10 million lawsuit against Ross in a 2010 ruling because the former drug kingpin couldn’t legitimately show he had trademark rights to the name. He then re-filed his lawsuit, only for a second judge to dismiss it on the statute of limitations having passed, as it was deemed that Rozay was already famous by 2005. A recent court motion has given “Freeway” Ricky Ross new life in his quest with the right to pursue Warner Bros. Music, the label that released rapper Rick Ross’ hugely successful debut album Port of Miami in 2006.