Reebok has dropped Miami rapper Rick Ross amid protests over his rape rap lyrics, the NY Times reports.
Ross, a former corrections officer, came under fire when he quipped about drugging a woman’s drink so he could have his way with her on the track “U.O.E.N.O. (You ain’t even know)” by Atlanta rapper/producer Rocko Da Don.
Put molly all in her champagne
She ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that
she ain’t even know it
When a gunman (or gunmen) opened fire on rapper Rick Ross’s Rolls Royce Phantom in Ft. Lauderdale early Monday, his girlfriend, Shateria Moragne-el, who was also in the car, almost took an L for her man.
Ross crashed into a residential building to escape the gunfire, but the rapper and his passenger walked away unhurt.
News of the attempt on Ross’ life left many wondering about the pretty young woman with the exotic features who is literally a ride-or-die chick.
Wannabe gangsta rapper Rick Ross, real name William Leonard Roberts II, nearly escaped with his life after he wrecked his prized Rolls Royce while trying to evade a drive-by shooting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Police say Ross, 37, was the intended target as a gunman (or gunmen) riddled his luxury Rolls with bullets fired from another vehicle around 5 a.m. this morning.
According to my insider at Sony Records, rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris is on the verge of signing a new record deal with Sony. T.I., an artist on Atlantic Records since his 2001 debut LP, I’m Serious, left Atlantic’s lowball offer on the table and is considering offers from other major labels.
According to my source, T.I. and Grand Hustle CEO Jason Geter met with the head honchos of Sony Records yesterday to discuss a “big deal” for T.I.
Who says rappers can’t be cultured connoisseurs of good taste? Rapper Rick Ross proves you don’t have to be sophisticated to appreciate the arts. The former Miami corrections officer made his first foray into the art world by purchasing this Richard Mosse photograph entitled Love is the Drug, from the Jack Shainman booth at Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach. Ross Instagram’d a photo of himself posing in front of his major purchase with Warner Music Group Chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen. Ross captioned the photo: “Just purchased my 1st piece from Art Basel w/my lil homie Lyor. #bossup”
Florida rapper Rick Ross is afraid for his life after running afoul of several chapters of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Two factions in particular, the Tennessee and Colorado Gangster Disciples, released videos that may or may not contain threats against the portly rapper’s life.
According to blogger Dennis Byron of Hiphopenquirer.com, Ross is taking all threats seriously. Byron’s sources have confirmed that Ross hired some “specially trained security personnel” that will be protecting his life — and that protection comes at a steep price.
According to Hip Hop Enquirer blog, Ross is paying over 50K a week for this special protection involving former members of the army’s special forces and navy’s seal team.
Photos: Calvin Robertson
Def Jam held a private listening party for Rick Ross tonight which was attended by industry executives, radio people and print media. The party was invitation only and not open to the public. So why was security and the police so heavy handed with industry professionals who packed into Patchwerk Studios to listen to Rick Ross’ album?
My spies say the party was too crowded and too hot for the small venue where it was held. One industry professional was manhandled and taken to the floor by 3 burly police officers who had to struggle to bring him down. His crime: not going back inside fast enough when he attempted to go outside for air.
Def Jam should know this is Atlanta and not New York. An apology should be issued by Def Jam reps for the disgraceful way their guests were treated.
On another note, my spies say Rick Ross‘ new album Trilla is bangin’. The album is in stores March 11.