After battling rapper Rick Ross in court over the use of his stage name, former drug kingpin Freeway Rick Ross recently appears on InfoWars.com to discuss what he calls the “hip-hop pipeline to prison.”
During the interview, he called out Rick Ross over his glorification (through music) of drug dealing, influencing others to follow a path that leads to prison.
“To William Roberts, a.k.a. Rick Ross, who’s using my name, I’m inviting you in to come with me,” Freeway Rick Ross said. “Let’s fight this culture. Let’s fight this penitentiary culture that hip-hop’s been spreading. Let’s make a difference. Me and you need to come together and you need to tell them that you didn’t make your money selling drugs and making music is how you became famous. See, it’s nothing wrong with making music just like it’s nothing wrong with being a correctional officer if that’s what you did. But so many of our friends who look up to you and look up to me are out on the streets thinking that they can go out and sell drugs and parlay that into a record career. I don’t know if you know that they’re not gonna make it, but I know that they’re gonna wind up in prison with prison sentences three and four times what they should be because this war on drugs is no joke. I have ten or eleven friends still in prison right now with life sentences including one that even you know, Big Meech. I know how much you respect me and care about me, otherwise you woudln’t have took my name. Take a chance with me now. Let’s make a difference.
“Even if William Roberts, a.k.a. Rick Ross, don’t decide to come with me and join hands, then the rest of the artists out there,” he added. “Let us come together. Professor Griff, KRS-One, and so forth. Let’s join hands. Let’s change this thug culture. Let’s change this Hip Hop to prison pipeline. Let’s make it happen right now, today.”
Touching on similar statements he’s made previously, Freeway Rick Ross continued with a warning that Hip Hop and the entertainment business are the precursors to a life of crime and/or in prison.
“I’m letting you know right now that the establishment is using Hip Hop to prime these kids for a life that’s gonna send them to prison just like they did with me,” he said. “When I was coming up there was Super Fly, Tequila Sunrise, Scarface, all these movies to make you think that you could start with nothing and then you could have the whole world in the palm of your hand.”