Freeway Rick Ross has lost his case against rapper Rick Ross (born William Lenard Roberts) for using his name.
The case first started in 2010 but was ruled “untimely” because Freeway Rick Ross had known about the MMG rapper since 2006 and had waited too long to bring it to court. After a second time in court, California appeals court judge Roger Boren has sided with the rapper once again.
Citing the rapper’s first amendment rights and stating that while his stage name may be the same and his life has as a former drug kingpin have influenced the artist’s works, they are not the “very sum and substance of Robert’s work.“
“He was not simply an impostor seeking to profit solely off the name and reputation of Rick Ross. Rather, he made music out of fictional tales of dealing drugs and other exploits — some of which related to plaintiff. Using the name and certain details of an infamous criminal’s life as basic elements, he created original artistic works,” the judge stated.
“Im not mad at him for what he did but I would like some acknowledgement from him that his did do that … I think that our kids believe that you can go out and sell drugs and turn it into a rap career and thats not true,” Freeway told HipHollywood in an exclusive interview in 2013 about the trail.
Here is the full interview: