Ricky Donnell Ross is most known for his creation of a drug empire in South Central Los Angeles during the 1980s. His name still rings loudly worldwide, but now it comes from being connected to several of the biggest names in hip hop, Maybach Music Group’s CEO Rick Ross aka Rick Rozay and Dr. Dre.
“Freeway” Ricky Ross is now utilizing his business acumen for such legitimate businesses as a record label and trucking company; His focus is giving back to the community that in the past, he helped destroy.
In next week’s issue of Hip Hop Weekly Magazine, Ross sits down for an exclusive interview in which he discusses his rap doppelganger (rapper Rick Ross) and offers insight into why he chose Nick Cannon to bring his life story to the big screen.
Rick Ross on his feelings toward rapper Rick Ross using his name
“Well, it’s really a double feeling. There’s a feeling of admiration for someone to think enough of you to adopt your name and tattoo your name on their body, but you get a sense of disrespect that the guy didn’t have enough decency and courtesy to say, “Can I use your name?” (HipHopWeekly.com)
Ross’ thoughts on Dr. Dre dropping his nephew, Slim the Mobster from Aftermath after his beef with 50 Cent
“I thought that Dre took the wrong stance with Slim. I felt that Slim was backing up Dre in his mind when he went at 50 Cent. But every man makes his own decisions, and sometimes you make decisions, and you have to live with them. (HipHopWeekly.com)
As part of his notability or notoriety, depending on your take, there is a huge interest in the personal story of “Freeway” Rick Ross and to that end, a feature film is in the works bringing to play another urban entertainment industry stand out. Nick Cannon (Mariah Carey’s husband), has been slated to play Ross in the film, which has no release date announced at this time.
Ricky Ross on why he chose Nick Cannon to play him in film
“Let’s look at it as if you were gonna pick a basketball player; you want an all around player. One that can handle the ball, a shooter, one that gets his teammates involved in the game, and Nick is that guy…” (HipHopWeekly.com)
While we may not be fans of this Ross’ previous life, the compelling story of how someone like him develops and becomes a persona revered by hip hop heavyweights, is something to look forward to.
Turning one’s life around and becoming a constructive, contributing member of society, is a victory not just for the individual but the world community as a whole.
What say you?!
Read the full exclusive story in next week’s Hip Hop Weekly Magazine.