Ross says he would be a CO again “If I needed to”
Paco admits to a measurable ignorance of the Hip-Hop subculture and ‘Gangsta Rap.’ I daresay a good many of our readers proudly share my ignorance of the phenomena. In that regard, I completed just enough research to relate the story of “Rick Ross”–The Gangster of Love.
Unlike “Real” rappers such as Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (was “Snoop Dogg,” now “Snoop Lion”) Rick Ross has no street-gang bona-fides. Rick Ross is, in fact, a “Gangsta” stage persona created and performed by William Leonard Roberts II.
Unfortunately for Roberts, his chosen nome de plume is the real name of a real thug “Freeway” Rick Ross who sued him, unsuccessfully, claiming Roberts had co-opted his life story. Roberts won on 1st Amendment grounds but the suit served to reinforce and advance rumors of his dark secret: He used to be one of the good guys.
Additionally, Roberts pissed off some very powerful people when he featured a Star of David in one of his albums or videos. No, it wasn’t the JDL but the criminal gang Gangster Disciples (GD) who objected as they apparently adopted the sacred symbol to represent their horde of evil and lost souls.They also objected to his use of the image and names of GD leaders.
So, The Gangster of Love is dogged by constant death threats and some very real attempts.
You sow what you reap. You sow what you rap.
Now, as to the wisdom of CCPOA enlisting Ross for their new Youth outreach HIPHOP (Helping Inspire Pride and Hope Outside Prison), Paco encourages you to read the new Peacekeeper, just mailed, before making up your mind. The interview is riveting and the program sounds, well, interesting.
Linked below are several background articles…
- Rick Ross Finally Admits To Past As Correctional Officer…Kind Of (Smoking Section August 16, 2012)
- Gunfire triggers rapper Rick Ross crash, police say (CNN January 29, 2013)
- Rick Ross: I Would Be A Correctional Officer Again If I Needed To (VIDEO) (March 6th, 2014)