The ex-convict claims his lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to executives at music label Def Jam in 2006, after they signed Roberts, to protest “the exploitation and misuse of his name”. He maintains he received no response from music bosses and claims the star went on to profit from the moniker “without his consent”.
But now Ross, who was released from prison last year (09), wants sole rights to his name – and he’s threatened to use “any means necessary” to regain control. A statement from his camp, issued to BallerStatus.com, reads: “It’s no secret that the boss at FreewayEnterprise.com is unhappy with how his name has been exploited and misused since he went to prison in 1995, and in 2006, the above-named parties signed (William L. Roberts II) to a big record deal and then spent, and made, millions off Ross’ name.”
Any suggestions for a new name for Rick Ross the rapper? I don’t see Freeway Ricky Ross winning this one though. Check below for Rick Ross speaking on his track with Kanye West.
Rick Ross – Albert Anastasia EP Intro (Ft. Diddy)