Reformed drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross has decided to appeal the decision allowing Miami rapper Rick Ross to release his album Teflon Don later this month.
Freeway Rick Ross filed a lawsuit against the Miami artist, real name William Roberts, over allegations that the rapper had illegally appropriated his criminal history as the basis for a rap persona.
Earlier this week, the rapper Rick Ross proclaimed victory in the case over Twitter, tweeting that a judge had dismissed the case.
Freeway Rick Ross affirmed that his case was thrown out, but disclosed that an amended lawsuit would soon follow.
“We were putting a restraining order on the album. We wanted the album to be stopped,” Freeway Rick Ross told Chicago’s 107.5 Morning Show. “The judge ruled that we waited 4 years to do this. What he’s saying is that I should’ve done this while I was in prison. We’re re-amending the issue and explaining to him that while I was in prison I didn’t have the money and lawyers are very expensive. He threw it out without prejudice, meaning we could come back and do it again. That was just the first round, we’re going all the way with this.”
Ross has spoken with the rapper several times about his disapproval about the name use, most recently being 2 weeks ago while the case was still in litigation.
“We spoke about 2 weeks ago and he asked me my feelings about it,” he said. “I told him it wasn’t personal, it’s just business. And he doesn’t have to feel any personal threats or anything like that, I would handle it in court. That’s the way I wanted to do it.We’ve been having so many conflicts now that I’m home. In jail it wasn’t as bad, but now that I’m on the street it’s more difficult. It’s cost me jobs because people have said they thought I allowed him to use my name, that I OK’d the situation.”
Ideally, Freeway Rick Ross wants the rapper to either champion his real identity, or create a completely original name.
“Do the right thing. Go on and be William Roberts now,” he advised. “I mean that’s who his mother named him as. Or maybe he can make up his own name. I guess he has an identity crisis [and] don’t know who he is. Running around with Puff maybe now he’ll be Lil Puff.”
Rick Ross’ Teflon Don is due in stores on July 20.