Outspoken hip-hop artist Uncle Luke has penned an open letter to fellow Miami homebody Rick Ross a week after he dodged gunfire and drove a Rolls-Royce into a Fort Lauderdale building.
While Luke congratulated Ricky Rozay on his success and growth as an emcee, he also cautioned the “Boss” to take better care of himself.
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“Dear Rick Ross: As someone who survived several rap beefs, I’m going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You’ve paid your dues and you’ve grown lyrically since the release of your debut album, Port of Miami, in 2006. You’ve arrived, buddy. But all this gangster bullsh*t is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot. You can forget about doing any tours or CD signings. And if you can’t make money, watch how fast Warner Bros. Records turns on you. I know from experience how venues and the music industry would like to black ball you. You have the Gangster Disciples breathing down your neck because you’ve named-dropped Larry Hoover, the gang’s founder, in your music. Unlike the record and book publishing industries, these bad dudes don’t understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader, and they don’t like it. That’s why they’re on YouTube talking about how you need to go see them and cut a check.” (Miami New Times)
The rap veteran also cited Southern former convicted rap stars T.I. and Lil Wayne as prime examples for how any artist can land behind bars.
“It’s a shame you can’t enjoy life without spending part of your earnings on heavy security or risking your freedom by purchasing an arsenal. Remember, that’s what landed T.I. and Lil Wayne in prison. You don’t want that to happen to you. However, those are the consequences of rapping about being something you’re not. Hip-hop has a rich history of college guys who never committed a crime rapping about moving kilos of cocaine and taking out snitches. Every gangster rapper takes on the role of a real hood legend to build up street cred. But I don’t want you to fall into the trap of believing you are really a gangster. Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It’s time you squash your beefs.” (Miami New Times)
According to reports, Ross hired 24-hour security after an attempt was made on his life last week.
After narrowly escaping bullets from a drive-by shooting in Ft. Lauderdale, the rapper has hired armed personal bodyguards to protect him 24/7! Rick Ross was the target of a drive-by shooting outside Miami on Jan. 28, and he ended up crashing his Rolls-Royce to escape the gunfire. Even though the shooter has not been identified, the rapper had been threatened by a street ganga called Gangsta Disciples for weeks before the dangerous attack. As a hip-hop artist, Rick had armed security for big events such as concerts and public appearances, but in the wake of the drive-by shooting, he has decided to have armed bodyguards 24/7. (Hollywood Life)
Despite the incident’s seriousness, Maybach Music Group’s Gunplay has downplayed what took place.
“He good, he good. Rozay is good, man,” Gunplay said in an interview. “He’s unf*ckwitable, man. It’s the untouchable Maybach, man. You don’t understand. It’s for real, for real, though.” Reports indicated that Ross had hired 24-hour security to protect him following in the incident, but Gunplay says he’s heard nothing of the sort. “Nah, I don’t know about details like that. I know my dog good, though.” (HHDX)