"FREEWAY" RICKY ROSS (February 2009) | Interview By:
Ricky Donnell Ross, better known
as "Freeway" Ricky Ross, is known for the "drug empire that he presided over
in Los Angeles in the early and mid-1980s. He's been behind bars since 1996
and is getting released within the next 50 days.
Today, many people associate the
name Rick Ross with the Miami rapper who adopted his name from "Freeway"
Ricky Ross. Not only his name, but the rapper Ross, a former correctional
officer, took on his whole life story from the former drug kingpin,
including the infamous beard.
Dubcnn took the time to talk to the
original, "Freeway" Ricky Ross, about his plans after his release, how he is
going to be involved in the music game and what he listens to himself. Of
course, we talk about the Rick Ross situation, how he feels about the rapper
and the fact that he chooses to ignore the man who inspired him.
As always we have both the transcript and the audio for you to
check and please feel free to send any feedback regarding the interview to:
Interview was done in February 2009.
Questions Asked By :
Dubcnn: First of all, thanks for
taking the time to talk to dubcnn. You are weeks away of your release from
prison, what's the first thing you're going to do when you're out?
No problem. I am weeks away. Well I have to report to a halfway house upon
my release. Once I see my family, my first business moves is to visit our
juvenile detention centers. I can't wait to share with the kids. The
forgotten ones that nobody cares about.
Dubcnn: How different is the man that's writing me right now from the man
who got locked up years ago?
Oh man. It's a world of difference. Alot of people may feel I have been in
prison for 14 years but I feel I have made some sacrifices. Not only have I
travelled the world, but I have also sit down and talk to some of the most
brilliant people living or have lived. Well years ago I thought I was sharp.
And in some aspects I was. But right now I have read over 200 books,
countless magazines, newspapers so my entire horizon has changed. I look at
the world a lot different. Take for instant I have been on a no tv diet for
almost 3 years. To most people that is unheard of.
Dubcnn: You inspired rapper Rick Ross to name himself after you, how did you
feel about that when you first heard about it?
That is a mixed emotion. For someone to name themselves after you is a sign
of recognition that is hard to compare with. So when I heard he named
himself after me I was real flatter and disappointed. I was disappointed
that he was trying to deceive the world into believing he was me. I was
flatter that I had build my brand up so well known that someone would steal
it. See when I was coming up, I always wanted to be someone special.
Dubcnn: In an interview, Rick Ross was asked about taking your name and he
said "It wasn't about that, it was about what I was going to do with it. So
shout out to dude, whatever he doing, but I don't know him." Why do you
think he chooses to ignore your existence like that?
I never saw the interview that he did, and I never knew he gave me a shout
out. But he knows me we have spoke on the phone several times. Well I felt
he chose to ignore me for the fact that being me gave him street
credibility. My reputation to build person to person. The name is known all
across the country before I made it to tv or newspaper. I admire his
marketing skills. But he made a key mistake which a lot of people do. I had
some marketing plans for the both of us that we could do together. Had he
listen to me he wouldn't be in all the messes that he is into now. I tried
to get him to come to the light. But he wanted to stay in the darkness. He
didn't know what was in the dark would surely come to light.
Dubcnn: Have you ever had a conversation with Rick Ross?
Yes we have had numerous conversation 2 to 3 each lasting about 8 minutes.
Also spoke to his manager a couple of times. I purposely keep the
conversation short, because I was really hoping we could bond and we had a
really busy schedule.
Dubcnn: What's your take on him being a former C.O., portraying a life in
his music that is false?
Really crazy. But I knew he was and impostor all the time. Well I can give
you a tip about street dudes. A street dude would never take another street
dudes name and claim it as his own. You go in the streets to claim a name
for yourself. So I told guys from jump that he had never sold drugs or been
in the streets.
Dubcnn: What plans do you have as far as your life is concerned after your
Yes I have alot of plans right now. My life never stop even behind bars. I
have been making moves that people just don't know about. Right now my
number 1 pet peve is www.freewayenterprise.com. This is a soical network. It
will be built around helping people with there careers. Music, clothes,
models, movies, video games, finding jobs, educating and mentoring to name a
few. I will also be having give aways like nobody else. My movie is in the
works. We already have a budget. I will be giving away a role to my movie on
I also have a record label that is looking for new artist. Starting a book
publishing company. My first novel should be release in the next couple of
weeks. "BlackScarface". My autobiography is in the works and coming alone
well. And the guy that done American Gangster for BET, we are negotiating my
Reality Show. We are going to show what it is like for a guy that is getting
out of prison for so long has to go through. And to see if I can make it on
the streets. There are people that say I want. Please check out my website.
Oh yea I will be hosting a mix cd for Young Buck and Bigga Rankin in a
couple of weeks. And I am getting love from all the producers from Cali
including Dr. Dre and King Tee to name a few. The homies say they got me. So
if there are any rappers singers or producers that want to be on the team
just get at me this thing is going to be big. Obama has raised the bar.
Dubcnn: Do you personally listen to Hip-Hop music?
I haven't listen to hip hop or any music in order 3 years. Right now I have
been totally focused on getting my life straight. And the only way to do
that is to be totally focus. And I plan on doing that to stay out. It is
amazing cause I feel institutionalized. Every since they have told me I was
going home, I have been feeling a little jitters and uncertainty.
Dubcnn: We thank you for your time and wish you the best for your future
I appreciate you doing the interview an look forward to breaking bread with
you in the near future.