Rapper Rick Ross Sued By Drug Dealer Rick Ross
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|Ex-drug kingpin Ricky "Freeway" Ross|
With the success of works like the Cocaine Cowboys documentary, it's a lucrative time for ex-dealers gone semi-good, and cashing in on his story has got to be on Freeway's mind. Here's the rub -- thanks to rapper Ross, the original can't use his own name without confusion. (To be fair, rickross.com is owned by neither of these people, but rather a New Jersey-based anti-cult nonprofit. The dealer's official site is at freewayenterprise.com, and the rapper's is at rickrossdeeperthanrap.com.)
So yesterday, Allhiphop reported that dealer Ross has followed the American way and sued rapper Ross, claiming the rapper has abused the dealer's image and name, preventing him from promoting his own projects. Dealer Ross claims he sent cease-and-desist letters to Def Jam back in 2006, which were ignored.
Rapper Ross, meanwhile, plans of course to battle the suit. We'll post updates as we get them.