October 1st, 2012 by faye
During Saturday night’s taping of the BET Hip-Hop Awards, a brawl allegedly broke out backstage between rappers Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, resulting in shots being fired.
According to sources of media outlet TMZ, the BET Hip-Hop Awards held at the Atlanta Civic Center, which was a tribute to late hip-hop star Chris Lighty, transitioned into an ugly melee between entourages representing rappers Rick Ross and Young Jeezy.
The two rappers reportedly exchanged words and then started pushing and shoving each other. This was confirmed by New York DJ Funkmaster Flex, who tweeted, “Jeezy and Rick Ross just had words backstage!! Pushing and shoving.”
BET security and bodyguards of Young Jeezy and Rick Ross eventually separated the fighting duo.
A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department told media outlet TMZ, “Shortly after 7:15 pm Saturday, a fight broke out in the parking lot at the Atlanta Civic Center (where the BET Awards were being taped) between two groups. Atlanta Police Department officers on scene responded to break up the fight and used OC spray in the process. Individuals fled the scene. There were no arrests or reports of serious injuries. Reports of shots fired appear to be untrue.”
50 Cent protege Gunplay was also involved in the altercation between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, and though he was detained by the authorities for further questioning, he was not arrested.
On Sunday morning, BET released a statement that said, “BET Networks works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta. For the past seven years BET has celebrated the true art form of hip-hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place. BET Networks does not condone any type of violence. Local authorities are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
The awards, which was hosted by Mike Epps, will air on October 9 on BET.
April 24th, 2012 by faye
Rapper Rick Ross has been pulled over by the cops after smelling the odor of marijuana emanating from his boat.
According to reports, a rep for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission flagged down the boat of Rick Ross Thursday, after noticing the smell of marijuana. The cops then boarded the water vessel and conducted a search. However, they found nothing.
But, one of the buddies of Rick Ross admitted to smoking marijuana on board the ship, but claims he threw it overboard when he saw the officers. It seemed that the plan worked, because a rep for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that because the officers didn’t find any marijuana on board the boat of Rick Ross, no arrests were made, and no further investigation will be conducted.
April 2nd, 2012 by faye
Rapper Rick Ross has reportedly won the legal battle against the infamous drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, from whom he derived his stage name.
According to reports, “Freeway” Rick Ross had filed a lawsuit against the rapper, claiming ownership of the name. In fact, rapper Rick Ross has strongly intimated in his songs his name was inspired by the drug trafficker.
Back in November 2010, a federal judge in Los Angeles threw out the first $10 million lawsuit “Freeway” Rick Ross filed against the rap star, Jay-Z, Def Jam Records, Universal Music Group and others, for trademark violations, unfair competition and misappropriation of his publicity rights. The judge determined that “Freeway” had insufficient evidence of secondary usage by the 36-year-old rapper. After the defeat, “Freeway” Rick Ross regrouped with new legal representation from California-based law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in the hopes that they’d give him a better chance at taking down the music icons. However, the results were unfortunately similar, with this judge ruling that Ross didn’t have a case because he filed outside of the two-year statute of limitations.
“I should’ve filed a lawsuit while I was still in prison,” “Freeway” Rick Ross said. “There’s a law that technically if the person publishes the name again, republishes the name, that’s another violation. So we argued that every time he put out a new album that’s a republication of the name, or every time he does a different magazine article that’s a republication because that’s in a different magazine, that’s a new republication… She [the judge] said that she wasn’t certain that that’s how the republication law read. She said that ours was a single publication and once he started using the name, the first time it ever played on the radio in suburban Miami was the date that she used.”
However, “Freeway” Rick Ross was locked up in jail at the time of the rapper Ross’s rise to fame, only learning about him when he covered an issue of XXL magazine in 2009, which has made its way into the prison well past his start in music. According to the former drug kingpin, the judge just wasn’t open to taking his imprisonment into consideration.
“The judge drew a line in the sand,” “Freeway” Ross explains. “There is law that the judge can take some issues into consideration but she wasn’t willing to do it at all. She didn’t know if she was absolutely correct and suggested we could take it up on an appeal but we asked her if she would allow us to take it to a jury trial and she denied that right.”
“Freeway” Rick Ross says he isn’t giving up on taking down rapper Rick Ross and the rest of the music goliaths. “We’re going to regroup,” he promises. “We intended on appealing the Supreme Court but, you know, it’s also a money issue. They had 8 or 9 lawyers in court today. As you know, Universal has very deep pockets and we have to see which way we’re going to go from here.”
March 2nd, 2012 by faye
Rapper Rick Ross is currently embroiled in a murder case – not because he is a suspect, but because the incident happened in front of Ross’ home in Miami Gardens.
The authorities are looking to speak with Rick Ross after the police officers responded to a report of gunshots then discovered the bloody body of an as-yet-unidentified 40-year-old man laying inside the gate of Ross’ home. According to the police, the rapper was not home at the time of the shooting and at this point in the investigation of the murder case, he is not considered a suspect.
“I was there when there were shots,” a witness to the shooting claims. “I don’t know what car, but they got away down the street.” The investigators of the murder case are not yet sure if the victim has any connection to Rick Ross, but since the rapper is listed as the owner of the property, the police want to ask him a few questions about the situation. The said Miami Gardens home of Ross is not his primary residence, as he uses it mostly as a recording studio and guest house.