William Leonard Roberts II was born in Coahoma County, Mississippi and raised in Carol City, Florida, near Miami. After graduating from Carol City Senior High School, he later attended the historically black college Albany State University on a football scholarship. William Leonard Roberts II worked as a corrections officer in Florida in the 90’s. Somewhere along the way, William Leanard Roberts II became Rick Ross, Ricky Rosay, the Teflon Don. However, his story is not as it seems. Because Rick Ross is NOT Rick Ross.
The real “Freeway” Ricky Ross—the ex-drug dealer, whose drug empire helped ruin South Central, Los Angeles during the early/mid-eighties, who, at the height of his drug dealing was pulling in 2-3 million dollars a week. His lore is so infamous that he was featured on B.E.T.’s American Gangster. Freeway Ricky was arrested and sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of trying to sell 100 kilos of cocaine to a federal agent. His drug dealing was linked to the CIA and Reagan’s Iran-Contra war. After the link to sell drugs in America to support the Contras was revealed, his sentence was reduced to twenty years and today he’s a free man.
Ricky Ross, the Bawsss, the rapper aka William Roberts—a Miami Carol City native who graduated from high school, went to college, played football, dropped out, got a job as a correctional Officer, quit—and as street lore has it, became rich through selling dope. The question at hand is “Did rapper Rick Ross steal Freeway Ricky Ross’s name, image and street persona?” Of course he did, but if you hear Rick Ross tell it; he’s never heard of Freeway Ricky Ross! The fuck? So it’s a coincidence that both were drug dealers? It’s a coincidence that they both have the same name? It’s a coincidence that they both rock the bald head and Osama beard? I don’t think so!
Rick Ross’s persona is the a real life CB4. If you don’t know what CB4 is, it’s a movie from the 90’s starring Chris Rock and Charlie Murphy. The plot of CB4 is as follows,
Three young friends and aspiring rappers, Albert (Chris Rock), Euripides (Allen Payne), and Otis (Deezer D) want to make their big break. In order to get their name heard, they appeal to local crime kingpin and nightclub owner Gusto (Charlie Murphy), but during a failed meeting the police rush in and throw Gusto in jail. Gusto believes that the trio set him up, swearing revenge when he is released from prison. However, while Gusto is locked up, Albert steals his criminal background and identity to become “MC Gusto”, and forms the hardcore gangsta rap group CB4 (Cell Block 4).
Rick Ross is “MC Gusto”. He’s basically living a lie. I mean how the fuck was he selling dope if he was working at a prison. Do you know what kind of background check a person needs to go through to be a prison guard? Rick Ross is a character. He’s not real. But the question is, should we care? How is he any different from a WWF Wrestler? How is he different from Denzel Washington in Training Day or American Gangster? Afterall Rick Ross is an entertainer. Therefore, he doesn’t actually have to have a “chopper in the car” to make good music. I say fuck it, as long as he keeps coming out with hot tracks that I can blast in my car, I’ll pretend that I don’t know that he’s never sold a drug a day in his life. In fact, he probably helped prosecute people who sold drugs. Which makes his story even more absurd. At the end of the day, does it really matter that he wasn’t shot 45 times like 50 cent?
Rick Ross is a genius. Stealing a drug dealer’s identity and then rapping about his life like you live it. That’s fucking smart. Let the real Rick Ross do the time and you just make money off of his life. Of course people will be like I heard of Rick Ross before but I never knew what he looked like until he started rapping. Maybach Music!