FREEWAY RICKY ROSS SEEKS INJUNCTION TO STOP RELEASE OF RICK ROSS ALBUM ‘TEFLON DON’

Former Los Angeles kingpin, “Freeway” Rick Ross, recently announced that he and his team will be seeking an injunction against Miami rapper Rick Ross for the unauthorized use of his name and to block the release of the rapper’s upcoming album Teflon Don.

Freeway Ricky’s team sent us a press release last week revealing their plans, as well as explaining that their campaign against the rapper of the same name is not a beef.

“To set the record straight this is not a beef with no one its a lawsuit to reclaim his name,” the release read. “Freeway Ricky Ross has major respect for all artists in the music industry.”

As reported last month, the former drug dealer planned to file a lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross, and his labels, Def Jam and Universal for profiting “off of his name unlawfully while he was in jail, without his consent.”

“It’s no secret that the boss at FreewayEnterprise.com is unhappy with how his name has been exploited and misused since he went to prison in 1995, and in 2006, the above-named parties signed [William L. Roberts II] (Rick Ross’ government name) to a big record deal and then spent, and made, millions off Ross’ name,” Freeway Ricky’s camp said previously.

The “real” Rick Ross was released from prison in May 2009 after serving for 20 years for operating a $2 million per day multi-state drug empire. While incarcerated, Miami-based rapper Rick Ross broke onto the scene boasting a similar background of moving drugs, although it was later revealed that he worked as a correctional officer in his past.

Freeway Ricky claims that the rapper has stolen his name, image and likeness and leveraged them for profit, without his permission.

“If William Roberts attempts to use the ‘Rick Ross’ name that he spent years earning and spending time in prison to uphold, he will be met with an injunction,” Ross’ rep said. “Simple as that. This is not a publicity stunt, a game or a hoax, to sell some Rick Ross albums, as some have suggested. In fact, [Freeway] Rick Ross intends to halt the release of any Summer 2010 ‘Rick Ross’ album.”

At press time, it’s unknown the amount in damages Freeway Ricky is seeking in their lawsuit.

Teflon Don is scheduled for a July 6 release date.

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