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The real "Freeway" Ricky Ross has been battling the rapper who took on his name and persona in court to try and reclaim both. It hasn't been an easy road for "Freeway" Ricky. In November 2010 a federal judge in L.A. threw out the first $10 million lawsuit he filed against the rapper, born William Roberts. A second lawsuit was also thrown out in March 2012.
"I should've filed a lawsuit while I was still in prison," "Freeway" Ricky told BET.com after hearing the disappointing hews about the second lawsuit "There's a law that technically if the person publishes the name again, republishes the name, that's another violation. So we argued that every time he put out a new album that's a republication of the name, or every time he does a different magazine article that's a republication because that's in a different magazine, that's a new republication… She [the judge] said that she wasn't certain that that's how the republication law read. She said that ours was a single publication and once he started using the name, the first time it ever played on the radio in suburban Miami was the date that she used."
"Freeway" Ricky plans to continue legal action in the case. While he plots his next legal move he's also having to hold off people who want to pursue the situation in the streets.
In a new interview with ForbezDVD.com he says he is having to keep goons at bay who want to see matters handled in a different manner.
"It's hard," he said. "Trust me, these dudes in L.A. don't like what he's done. It's hard for me to get them not to go get him. Even when I lost the lawsuit, three of the shot callers from the hood came to me and said, 'Is it time yet?' I was like, 'Nah, man.' I don't want that. I don't want nobody to do nothing to him. They want to put a no-fly zone on him, saying he can't come to L.A."
"Freeway" Ricky said even Suge Knight wants a piece of the rapper.
"Even Suge Knight came out. Suge stepped to me one day like, 'Let me take care of this.' I was like, 'Nah.' It ain't about that," he said.