The Real "Freeway" Rick Ross Still In Court Trying To Get His Name Back From The Rapper "He Has My Name Tattooed On His Hand"

 

Imagine waking up every morning knowing that someone is not only using your government name and life story, but also profiting from them. That's the nightmare Freeway Rick Ross, the former drug kingpin is living.

 

In his ongoing battle to wrestle his name away from the Miami rapper born William Leonard Roberts II, Freeway Rick was in a Miami court last week, to give his deposition along with Roberts in their trademark dispute over the name Rick Ross according to AllHipHop.


Freeway Rick initially filed a $10 million lawsuit in the United States District for Southern California against Roberts, Def Jam and Universal Music Group accusing them of copyright infringement and profiting off of his name illegally. The case was dismissed.


"In support of his trademark claims, Plaintiff alleges that his name was well known in the drug trade and by law enforcement segments of the urban crime, rap and black comity because he did business as Rick Ross, until he was arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated in federal prison," said the court. "Because this illegal activity cannot be used to establish secondary meaning, such allegations do not provide support for Plaintiff having a valid trademark for his name."

 

Freeway Rick appealed the case in state court and it is now moving forward.

 

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Freeway Rick alleges Roberts was initially shook when he thought goons might be coming his way, but now that he sees Freeway Rick doesn't live his life that way anymore he's become disrespectful.

 

"[He] treated me as if I had done something to him," Ross said. "When he first came to me, he didn't know what position I was going to take, if I was going to send a word out to those young cats out in L.A. or not. That put a little fear in his heart. But now that he knows I'm not carrying it like that, he's a little more courageous right now. "[He] has my name tattooed on his hand."


Freeway Rick has turned his life around and doesn't like the message Roberts is sending kids.


"The first thing that I want to do is I have to help eliminate and erase the mindset that I helped to create," Ross said. "I know I have a lot of work to do, but the first step is to eliminate this guy from going around telling people how great it is to sell drugs."


The case is continuing.




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Comment by GOOGLE S.N.B.N DVD on March 1, 2012 at 9:09pm
EVERY1 TALKING AB FREEWAY RICKY ROSS IS BROKE BUT U LET ME NO WHO RITE NOW WOULDNT WANT SOME MONEY OFF SOMBDY USING YOUR LIFESTYLE....AND PPL SAY 50CENT TOOK THE GANGSTA 50CENT NAME BUT @LEAST 50 PAID HOMAGE HELL HE HELP PUT OUT A DVD AB THE REAL 50CENT AND LOOK THAT UP.....FAT BOY GAVE BIGMEECH AND LARRY HOOVER HOMAGE MATTER OF FACT HE WAS REAL SCARED OF LARRY HOOVER SONS BC HE WAS AB TO SEND THEM PPL @ HIM.....SO F ALL FATBOY FANS I WOULD RATHER ROLE WIT THE REAL
Comment by D. Frank on February 16, 2012 at 4:40am
checkout rick ross im on a diet lmao !!! itz on the tube
Comment by Pimps on February 15, 2012 at 7:14am
F*** it,grab ur get and shoot that 5.0!
Comment by DeuceWyld on February 14, 2012 at 3:27pm
William Roberts is nothing more than an entertainer, he's basically an actor. He's no different than Arnold Schwarzenegger playing The Terminator, the only difference is WE ALL KNOW ARNOLD WAS ACTING. Rick Ross the rapper fronted like he was authentic. In my opinion you have to be a skinny jean wearing, b**** n***** with lip gloss to support an obvious fraud like Rick Ross the rapper. I dont give a f*** about how good Rozay music is suppose to be. I dont listen to anything that n**** make or is featured on PERIOD. I PERSONALLY LIKE REAL RAP, The bottomline is everything Rick Ross the rapper talks about is fabricated b******* set to a beat. The n**** was a sworn officer of the law people, now he makes up rap stories about moving weight. SMH, I'M SORRY BUT I DON'T BELIEVE YOU, and to all you f***** a** Rick Ross the rapper fans, I aint mad at cha, I'm mad at your parents for not raising you right. I'm pissed because you're too stupid and jaded to recognize the real from the fake. I'm disappointed because you think glorifying selling drugs is something to aspire too. This just goes to show you just how bad hip hop has gotten. Back in my day a n**** got stole on for biting a n***** style, now you can bite a n***** whole lifestyle including his name and its cool.
Comment by nunya on February 11, 2012 at 5:24pm
Don't get me wrong ROSS goes hard wether ya like it or not it's just a bit embarrasing that the n**** you looked upto is so ashamed that you are carrying his name. Let's not forget though Rick Ross isn't the only person to adapt a street n**** name everyone on THISIS50 should know that lol
Comment by sky limit on February 11, 2012 at 3:31pm
soon mc hammar gon come afta him,,den big meach, n all dem oda n***** dat he think he is...dis n**** ross gon be in deep shy..lmao...he cud ve kept it real dat yh he was c.o n still was doin his tin on the side n nobody wud ve said s*** bout it but he chose to lie to the whole world,,who knws dis n**** cud be an undercover agent tryna bring all dem drug dealer in the game out.
Comment by The last of a dying breed!! on February 11, 2012 at 1:13pm
IT STILL AMAZES ME HOW MANY PEOPLE SUPPORT THIS CLOWN A** DUDE SMDH..ME PERSONALLY I'M N.W.A. WHEN IT COMES TO THAT DUDE F*** THE POLICE!!!!!
Comment by CYBERALI1 on February 11, 2012 at 12:06pm
Mr. Six Pack dude i dont know wut fantasy world u living but i'm n the ATL and everybody have a cell and they didnt pay 800 nothing these n***** to poor and dont mean that Ross was n jail doing anything for no n*****/STOP TRYING TO MAKE THIS N**** A STREET DUDE U DONT KNOW HIM
Comment by CAMPOSTELLA RD. on February 11, 2012 at 10:40am
Its a d*mn shame that the fraud took the OG's BORN/GOVERMENT NAME not a nick-name but his GOV its a difference! The OG can't go no where or do anything productive without having to explain that he is the REAL Rick Ross that some clown/stan/imposter rapper-wannabe gangsta used his name without his consent in the world of entertainment to cover up the fact that he was never a gangster but the total opposite of it a SWORN IN OFFICER OF THE LAW.
Comment by PLAYBOYD on February 11, 2012 at 10:38am
This s*** getting old somebody shoot officer ricky already damn then that n**** will go platinum that's the only way lol



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