Rick Ross: Calm Down Before You End Up Like Biggie

Categories: Luke's Gospel
Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke writes an open letter to the Bawse. 

Dear Rick Ross:

As someone who survived several rap beefs, I'm going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You've paid your dues and you've grown lyrically since the release of your debut album, Port of Miami, in 2006. You've arrived, buddy.

But all this gangster bullshit is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot. You can forget about doing any tours or CD signings. And if you can't make money, watch how fast Warner Bros. Records turns on you. I know from experience how venues and the music industry would like to black ball you.

You have the Gangster Disciples breathing down your neck because you've named-dropped Larry Hoover, the gang's founder, in your music. Unlike the record and book publishing industries, these bad dudes don't understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader, and they don't like it. That's why they're on YouTube talking about how you need to go see them and cut a check. 

It's a shame you can't enjoy life without spending part of your earnings on heavy security or risking your freedom by purchasing an arsenal. Remember, that's what landed T.I. and Lil Wayne in prison. You don't want that to happen to you. However, those are the consequences of rapping about being something you're not. 

Hip-hop has a rich history of college guys who never committed a crime rapping about moving kilos of cocaine and taking out snitches. Every gangster rapper takes on the role of a real hood legend to build up street cred. But I don't want you to fall into the trap of believing you are really a gangster. 

Trust me, you don't want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It's time you squash your beefs.

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Shoutout Uncle Luke for keeping it real. The dude has nothing to prove to anyone, especially some herbs commenting on the internet. We need more people who are willing to talk about music being the substance of real life. The truth is that most people who promote music don't talk about the reality that surrounds it. Rick Ross is not successful for being a great artist. He is successful for being an unabashed liar who makes art that a lot of people relate to. That is the truth, and we all know it, but no one wants to talk about that because people are just too busy promoting a revenue stream.


Uncle Luke is trying to take cheap shots under the guise of friendly advise. Uncle Luke you are a joke. One minute you're lambasting Wayne and company for not giving back to the city and threatening to get their "Miami cards revoked" and the next minute you're sneak dissing Ross under a thinly veiled letter of "advice". You were publicly exposed for selectively supporting some of your own kids and neglecting others. Who are you to dictate the charitable pursuits of others? Maybe you should go back to your political rants. Ross is an entertainer, he can live his life however he see's fit. Not a single bullet touched him, and you act like he got punked somehow. The shooters are the ones looking stupid. Regardless of Ross's authenticity, it takes little away from the fact that he was riding solo with his broad, no security, it was no doubt foolish, but also very brazen. I don't see how any recent events made Ross appear flaw. Your column just keeps going downhill.                                                                                                                         

I used to look forward to reading your weekly New Times contributions, but you're delusional. Maybe someone needs to send you a letter advising you to step off your pedestal. Was an open letter in your column necessary, why not just call him and tell him you're glad he's okay? I suppose every rap artist who gets shot at is flaw, but only the ones who get hit are "real". You act ass if you've been watching William Roberts his whole life and know everything he's ever done. Let a young man be successful. Go back to your conspiratorial rants about racism and how everybody has it out for you, because this is not a good look. You went from having a refreshing editorial to becoming a hateful old man with a weekly outlet.


Rick Ross is an overseer ushering black men to jail like the Pide-Piper for his "Pay-Masters!" "Run tell that HOMEBOY!" Some of us can see! Seek my blogs - www.thepeoplesmic.blogspot.com 


Well said Luke! It's about time someone said something to these so called "gangster artists" who are promoting and glorifying a most ignorant and violent lifestyle. The irony with the music industry is that these labels promote this horrific image and then drop the artist once life imitates the music. Some real bs, I hope Rick Ross and the rest of the glossy eyed youth are listening...


Not as dumb as the column in which Luke advocated bowing down to the NFL's extortion attempts and tack on another $200 million to what is already owed on the Marlins deal. I would like a retraction of that column before taking any other columns seriously.

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