The XXL Editors Received This Letter From Louis Vuitton Concerning The May 2009 Cover Of Rick Ross

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The Biggest Boss been making some serious fashion blunders as of lately. Louie stays putting rappers on blast though, even if the threads or shades they’re rocking ain’t fugazi.  They have a dislike for the culture if it’s not packaged in the sanitary packaging of Kanye or Pharrell, so it seems. Hip Hop needs to pull a Cristal on those elitist French snobs, and Ross step you shade game up, you ‘spose to be exclusive collection.

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The XXL Editors received this letter from Louis Vuitton concerning the May 2009 cover of Rick Ross.

Dear Editor:

We were dismayed to see the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine, which features a photo of Rick Ross wearing a pair of sunglasses prominently featuring counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks. Because the photo has generated considerable confusion among your readers and Louis Vuitton customers among others, we feel it is important to clarify several points.

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[video] Rick Ross- ALL I REALLY WANT

 Now, first off I’m all for artistic expression, whatever it takes to get your idea out I’m all for it but I am still at a lost as to what this song had to do with Columbia.  I am still looking for the “twelves” that Ross was talking about. For this look he could’ve stayed in Miami or really got gangsta and went to Brazil, atleast the chics out there got a lil’ tint on their skinnnn. The highlight of this clip is that we’re constantly reminded of what a good job Groovey Lou does with styling overweight rappers. Kudos.  

This is Deeper Than Rap: Freeway Ricky Ross to be Released from Prison on 5/4

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Just as superstar rapper Rick Ross is celebrating the release of his new album Deeper Than Rap, the real Rick Ross will be celebrating his release from prison next week.CRACK 0521 PT

AllHipHop.com has confirmed that “Freeway” Ricky Ross, the drug king pin who was at the center of a CIA cocaine-dealing scandal, will officially be released from prison on Monday (May 4).

Ross oversaw an Los Angeles based multi-state drug operation in the early 1980’s, which earned upwards of $2 million dollars per day at its height.

In 1996, he was sentenced to life in prison, after he attempted to purchase over 100 kilos of cocaine from an undercover federal agent.

Ross’ sentence was later reduced through appeals and after a series of explosive articles by the late Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb.

Webb wrote a series titled “Dark Alliance” for the San Jose Mercury News, which exposed the C.I.A.’s role in importing cocaine into black communities to fund Contra rebels fighting in Nicaragua, as part of the Iran-Contra scandal. Continue reading

[video] Rick Ross Wants War With Eminem? “Eminem Your A Monkey. Your Really A Honkey. But Thats Racial” + Says 50’s New Name Is “Wood Face” + Clowns On Whoo Kid

It’s official, shots fired! Ross decides to take the fight to Eminem by calling him a “Monkey” also as well as a “Honky” for the racial implications. He calls 50 “Wood Face” and says the Unit got dropped off of Interscope. This ongoing saga needs to get picked up by a network already.

BAWSE! Rick Ross Captures #1 Spot, Asher in Distant Second

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The numbers are finally in and it seems as if HitsDailyDouble.com’s projections were pretty much on par. Miami Boss Rick Ross grabbed the top spot in his debut week, hustling up over 157,540 copies of his third Def Jam release Deeper Than Rap, while suburban newcomer Asher Roth sold 65,380 discs of his breakthrough album Asleep in the Bread Aisle, according to Nielsen’s SoundScan. [View XXL Projections Here]

Ricky Ross didn’t surprise anyone by landing at the top slot on the Billboard 200, his third consecutive no. 1 album since his debut LP, 2006’s Port Of Miami. While Deeper Than Rap didn’t sell as much as his predecessors, Ross made sure to stay in the public eye leading up to its release by sparking a beef with 50 Cent. Fueled by his lead single, “Magnificent” with John Legend, DTR features cameos from a who’s who list of collaborators including Lil Wayne, Kanye West, T-Pain, Nas, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke and Foxy Brown, among others.

At no. 5 is PA native Asher Roth. The latest great white hope fell about 5k units short of the projections, yet still scored a pretty impressive first week sales figure considering he is a new act. Not to mention the fact that as XXLMag.com reported last week, the label under shipped Asleep in the Bread Aisle to stores.

Holding on to the Top 10 in his third week is Yonkers MC Jadakiss with his Def Jam debut The Last Kiss. Jada managed to sell 30,400 copies of the disc this week, bringing his total to 210,120. Continue reading

Notorious B.I.G. Inspired Rick Ross’ Sound, Producers Come Clean

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People diggin’ up tons of dirt on this dude’s past but nobody mentions the fact that he was morphing B.I.G. in his early career, so what do you expect.

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J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League producer Colione recently discussed the motivation behind Rick RossDeeper Than Rap album revealing inspiration from the late Biggie Smalls.

Speaking on the project’s hit single “Magnificent,” Colione explained how his crew created the track and their relationship with Ross.

“We actually went to the theaters and saw the Notorious,” he explained. “When we got home, we were inspired to work with B.I.G. So we started making tracks for him and ‘Magnificent’ was one of the beats that came out. We were like, ‘Yo, if Biggie was alive today what would he rap to?’ We were actually doing it for ourselves. Actually, our management sent that to Ross…We came up with the first ‘Maybach Music.’ He heard the actual track at the crib and he had a whole idea in his head like, ‘Yo, I’m going to name this ‘Maybach Music’ and I’m going get Jay-Z on this. This going to be big!’ So after that, you know, we just been working with him and supplying him some beats and he’s really been studying music and his lyrics are getting better. His whole aura, I mean, he’s going to be like unstoppable.” (Vibe)

Ross is known for working with the Grammy-winning producers and shouting them out in interviews.

“They just started playing beats and I ain’t know who these n*ggas were,” Ross said in an interview about teaming with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. “I just sat there, smoked a little weed track after track. I started to think, is the weed that good or was these the best f*cking beats I heard in the last year?” (Smallz Space) Continue reading

NY Times vs. Rick Ross

 

 

Hip Hop needs a colonic

Hip Hop needs a colonic

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It’s hard to say when, exactly, 50 Cent crossed the line in his feud with the Miami rapper Rick Ross. The more apt question might be: How many lines are there? He tracked down the mother of a Ross associate, DJ Khaled, at work, filming her sleeping on the job. He taped himself taking the mother of one of Mr. Ross’s children to buy a fur coat. He acquired and posted to the Internet a pornographic video starring another of Mr. Ross’s ex-girlfriends.

Rick Ross must have seemed an especially easy mark — it had already been a tough few months for his fourth wall. Before he was Rick Ross, the drug boss M.C., he had been William Leonard Roberts, and last summer a photograph surfaced of him from the mid-1990s, graduating from a corrections officer academy. He denied its authenticity — until The Smoking Gun got hold of his Florida Corrections Department personnel file, which included a certificate for perfect attendance.

The facts of Mr. Roberts’s life were getting in the way of Mr. Ross’s career.

To all this upheaval, Rick Ross — who, while he has been popular, has never quite been great — has replied, improbably, with art. “I see no reason to run to the dark,” he said in a recent interview in the Manhattan offices of his label, Def Jam. His songs aimed at 50 Cent have, hands down, been sharper and wittier than those of his rival. And the just-released “Deeper Than Rap” (Maybach Music/Slip N’ Slide/Def Jam), his third album, is unexpectedly fantastic, by far his best.

If albums were all that mattered, that would be that. But Mr. Ross’s persistence and the fact that though over the last nine months he’s been all but stripped bare, he’s emerged from the fray relatively unscathed, which indicates something much more noteworthy. Impenetrability of image, that old signal of hip-hop authenticity, somehow no longer seems to count. Continue reading

UPDATE: Trick Daddy Reacts To “Valley Of Death” Diss, “He’s Known I’ve Had Lupus For 10 Years”

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Trick Daddy has reacted to Rick Ross’ “Valley of Death” record where the Miami “Boss” is heard referencing Trick’s battle with lupus.

Opting out of dissing Ross on a song, the rapper discussed the disease’s seriousness.

“Millions of people are stricken with lupus,” Trick said in an interview. “I have stayed out of the bullsh*t, I will continue to stay out of it. Ross had been with Slip-N-Slide Records as long as I have been with Slip-N-Slide Records. He’s known I’ve had lupus for 10 years. I was referred to my doctor by Ted Lucas who is the head of Slip-N-Slide Records. I would like to apologize to everyone suffering with lupus. I would like to apologize for the insults.” (MTV)

Ross raps that Trick is not telling the truth about his diagnosis.

“Caught a little case, buddy had a little cheddar,” Ross raps on “Valley of Death.” “Pled out to 15, poured his life in a letter/ Very first line he called Trick Daddy stupid/ Said he had AIDS telling people that it’s lupus/ Not the one just to jump to conclusions/ I’m getting money, small talk can be a nuisance.” (Rap Radar) Continue reading

[video] Pornstar Brian Pumper disses Rick Ross over Gay Porn rumor

Yeah do your research and you will understand why this came about. Better yet let Eskay tell it:

So Brian Pumper is the porn star that bears a striking resemblance to Lloyd Banks. You may recall that some pics of a Lloyd Banks looking dude engaged in some homosexual activity were circulating around the web a couple of years ago. Everybody assumed it was Pumper, but a couple of G-Unit enemies, including Ross, continued to fuel the urban legend that Banks used to do gay porn. In this clip Brian denies ever doing any gay scenes and suggests that Ross has to pay for sex. Which might not be entirely untrue. NSFW and best watched on mute.

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50 Cent vs. Rick Ross Beef makes cover of Village Voice

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Rap battles in 2009 have come to this: guerrilla Internet videos, costumed caricatures, 48-hour “rapid-response” windows, hatchet-job background checks, lurid baby-mama-wooing, wanton stalking of your enemies’ friends’ mothers, and lots and lots of Photoshop. Actual rapping is optional.curtis_voice

The current master of the form is Curtis Jackson, a/k/a 50 Cent, currently waging an epic war against rival Miami rapper Rick Ross. Battles have traditionally revolved around lyrical put-downs and, occasionally, actual violence. But this is a new type of conflict, one that goes beyond diss records and mean-mugging and into the unrestricted world of new media. Using his popular website, thisis50.com, as a bully pulpit since its 2007 debut, 50 both promotes himself and disparages his foes with cartoonish taunts and comedic skits. But lately, he’s elevated its focus and apparently found newer, stranger sources of inspiration—Obama, for example.

“I looked at this beef like how Barack ran his campaign,” says Chris “Broadway” Romero, the site’s creator and the VP of digital marketing for 50’s G-Unit label. “He had people who understood how to mobilize people on the Web. People always asked me, ‘Why are rappers always going at each other’s throats?’ I say, ‘Why do politicians or businesses go after each other?’ Rap is very competitive.”

50 Cent, if anyone, understands the combative nature of hip-hop, with an illustrious history of baiting and battling fellow rappers. He elbowed his way onto the scene in 1999 with “How to Rob,” in which he fantasized about mugging better-known rappers unaccustomed to being lampooned by newcomers. 50 was later stabbed at Manhattan‘s Hit Factory studio and famously shot nine times while sitting in a car near his home in Jamaica, Queens; upon recovering, he hit the mixtape circuit and ran a clinic on rap beefs with an endless onslaught against rival Ja Rule, whose popularity plummeted as a result.

Such an insatiable appetite for beef naturally led him to the Internet. When longtime rival Fat Joe released his eighth studio album, The Elephant in the Room, last year, 50 posted a free G-Unit mixtape the same day to thisis50.com, subtitled Elephant in the Sand, in addition to a litany of mocking videos; he waged a similar multimedia war against Harlem-based adversary Cam’ron. Continue reading

[audio] Rick Ross- VALLEY OF DEATH

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Rick Ross- VALLEY OF DEATH (produced by DJ Toomp & T.I.)

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This is the track where Ricky comes clean about his sketchy past as a C.O., even though he dances around directly copping to the claim. He also lines up Curtis and Trick for some shots.  I tell you one thing, unlike his foes, he can’t be accused of putting out lackluster material.  It truly is Deeper Than Rap.

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XXL XXclusive: Rick Ross, Under Oath

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XXLMag.com: How did you come up with that line about 50’s baby mama and burning down the house? ‘Cause that was the thing that triggered him.

Rick Ross: Most definitely. And what it was, it was a true statement. I was just smoking at home watching the news just like everybody else.

XXL: Did you know he would come back at you with something?

Ross: Of course. That’s why I did it.

XXL: That’s why you did it?

Ross: Of course. You gotta understand this is chess not checkers. You gotta understand a man’s next moves. When a woman is scorned, you have to understand that there’s gonna be a backlash, which is totally fine. I was… As far as him responding, I’m still a little disappointed in the quality of music that’s being released. ‘Cause at the end of the day, all the hoopla, you smoke a blunt, forget about it and people wanna put on they headphones and hear some quality. I’m one of the first artists to admit Get Rich or Die Tryin‘ was a classic. But if I turn back the hands of time five years ago, if I knew the dude who did “Many Men” would wear wigs and buy dildos and, you know, attack people that I look at as legends, such as Jadakiss and the LOX and the list could go on…

XXL: So were you just upset with him attacking everybody else and that made you-

Ross: Nah, it’s not that. It’s not a fact about nobody being upset because his last attacks have relatively failed. So it wasn’t about that. It was just about me deciding when I was ready to engage in 50 Cent. Continue reading

Deeper Than Rap (Executive Produced By Rick Ross) [The Official Short Movie][WSHH Exclusive]

Sorry to bust the bubble, but this made absolutely no sense.  No character development, no plot, just a bunch of black men killing each other. How original. Maybe with some type of reason as to how this relates to Ross’s album would have done some justice to the rich texture used by my fellow director Rik Cordero.  (To be totally honest boys and girls the kid would have had to go).  I don’t think this right here pushes any more units of Deeper Than Rap for the executives at Def Jam, when the real sensation has been 50’s Pimpin Curly and Saturday Morning Cartoons. Epic (Def Jam Three/21 Media) Fail.

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OFFICER RICKY FINALLY COMES OUT: Rick Ross Fesses Up In May XXL Cover Story, “Yes, It Was Me In Those Pictures”

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With his third solo album, Deeper Than Rap, slated for an April 21st release, Rick Ross is gracing the cover of XXL magazine’s upcoming May issue.

On Denying Being A Correctional Officer

“Me not answering or addressing that situation has nothing to do with my career. I’ve accomplished enough, and I’ve made enough money for me to be good… Yes, it was me in those pictures. But I’ma tell you this. Me taking that job, I was doing my job. You understand what I mean?”

WOULDN’T IT HAVE BEEN EASIER TO ADMIT THIS IN THE BEGINNING??

[pic] Rick Ross’ DEEPER THAN RAP Album Cover

Just by the change in lingo I can tell that the BOSS Ricky Ross has been aiming for the female market something fierce.   By the look of things, I guess the suites up at Def Jam are waging their bets on the ladies showing love for the big fella, cuz the street cred is on life support. Well, here goes…I hope homie ain’t beltin’ out tunes on this one!

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Technicality May Send ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross Back To Prison

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Former cocaine kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross is in danger of being sent back to prison despite a judge ruling to release him.

Ross has been in prison for the last 14 years, serving an original 20 year sentence for attempting to purchase 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent in 1996.

Due to a successful appeal and model behavior, the courts ruled that Ross was eligible to be released this month to a halfway house, and begin the transition back into society.

However, Texarkana Federal prison officials have stated Ross’ paperwork has been “lost,” and the correctional facility will not honor the judge’s ruling.

Wendy Day, celebrated Hip-Hop advocate and founder of the Rap Coalition, explained that the prison’s actions are a concerted effort to keep Ross from moving on with his life.

“We need help and support in contacting everyone and anyone of power who works for the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) to get this situation resolved,” Day disclosed in a statement. “Rick should have been out over a year ago, and this newest so-called ‘glitch’ is the 5th time that the warden and the BOP have directly gone against the Judge. How can they get away with this? I don’t know – but they are.” Continue reading

[video] MAGNIFICENT-Rick Ross feat John Legend

Damn Boss, why did you have to go and f*ck with Fif? I can’t find myself getting into Ross’ music the way I use to, and I really like this joint here. I just can’t get the “Officer Ricckkkkyyy” chorus out my head. But marketing wise it was slick to tie something into the Kentucky Derby, since that’s like the new Hamptons.

[video] Saturday Cartoons Presents “Officer Ricky: Welcome To Death Row Right Now Na Na Na”

The hilarity which is the 5o CENT vs. RICK ROSS “beef” goes into its umpteenth week and as promised a new SATURDAY CARTOON has dropped and of course there’s new names being added to the hitlist. Joining Chris Brown and Rihanna as co-stars in 50’s weekly rants and spoofs is none other than T.I., Akon, Suge and the dude who gave him the bizness.  And of course returing for hosting duties is DJ Khaled and Officer Riccckkkkyyyy.  50 needs to step to Cartoon Network and get a slot for these, they are ingeniously hilarious.

DJ Khaled Officially Named Prez Of Def Jam South, Stays Out Of Rick Ross/50 Cent Beef

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Rumors began swirling around over the last few months that Miami radio personality DJ Khaled was appointed president of Def Jam South, but until now those claims were never confirmed. According to MTV the gossip is true.

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He was like, ‘We should bring Khaled on board. He makes hits, he has relationships.’ I got a team of producers and we go in hard. My job is to bring hits to the table and work with new artists and work with established artists. I’m bringing new energy to the game and to the building.” [Watch Below] Under the new position Khaled – who also produces under the alias Beat Novacaine -will be responsible for records by Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Ace Hood and of course Rick Ross.

The Boss’ forthcoming album, Deeper Than Rap, will be the first release under Khaled’s watch. He also A&R’d the project. While Ross is currently involved in a heated battle with rival 50 Cent, Khaled opts to stay out of the back and forth. “I don’t deal with negative energy, it’s a waste of my time and my time is valuable,” he said. “I keep negative away and stay positive.”

“At Def Jam, we promote music,” he added. “We promote hit records. That’s what I respect. I’m always going to represent the music; Rick Ross is gonna represent the music. If controversy comes with it, it comes with it. And boy, ‘Magnificent’ — Rick Ross featuring John Legend, that’s Ricky Ross’ first single — it’s a monster. It’s gonna be on and poppin’.”

Deeper Than Rap hits stores on March 24. The album will feature appearances by Nas, Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne.

50 Cent wants to get into comedy films

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It was only a matter of time…

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50 Cent x Cheetah Vision. More tips coming in from my studio contacts. Word now is that 50 Cent is currently on the prowl for comedy scripts to produce under his Cheetah Vision film production company. Curtis is no stranger to action and drama flicks but comedy is a whole new ball game. Our tips were validated when Drew Reports reported that 50 wants to team up with actors Martin Lawrence and Sean William Scott for a comedy movie. There is no stopping 50 but a comedy? Maybe that’s what all those wigs and role playing in them Rick Ross videos is preparing him for.