Freeway Ricky, aka the Real Rick Ross, Talks Rapper Rick Ross, Future Plans

Nearly two years after being released from prison, notorious ’80s cocaine dealer Freeway Ricky, aka The Real Rick Ross, has found peace with the choices he made on the streets of Los Angeles as a 19-year-old teen. Still, when he found himself trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cent after completing his 20 year sentence, the kingpin realized leaving the drug game would be a lot harder than he anticipated.

Freeway, born Ricky Donnell Ross, was considered an infamous drug lord by the time he hit the age of 25. And, at the end of his illegal career — when he was convicted to a later-reduced life sentence in 1995 after allegedly being set up by his business partner, Oscar Blandon, and charged with trying to purchase more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent — Ricky was worth an estimated $600 million.

Now a free man, the dealer that once ran the streets is running to the courts with a lawsuit against Rick Ross, the rapper, for using and benefiting from his name without his permission. “I knew he wasn’t a real drug dealer because no real drug dealer would take another drug dealers name,” says Ricky matter-of-factly.

Here, Freeway Ricky talks about his suit against the bawse and plans to get his life together, the law-abiding way.—Amber McKynzie

It’s been almost two years since your release. What are you up to these days?

Freeway Ricky: Right now I’m doing a movie. I should be signing my producer later on today. I’m signing a guy by the name of David Zander. He’s the owner of MJZ Productions, the biggest TV commercial company in the world. I already have Nick Cassavetes signed on. He’s the guy that did Blow. He did Alpha Dog, he did The Notebook [and] he wrote and directed John Q. He wrote the script and he’s gonna direct it. [And] I’ve got about five people that we’re negotiating [with] about giving me [a] 40 million dollar budget.

What’s the movie about?

The movie’s gonna be about my life story. It’s gonna be a docu-drama – real, but dramatized.

How long has this film been in the works?

I’ve really been working on it since ’92 or ’93. But it’s really picked up speed over the past couple years. We’re thinking we’ll have it ready in 18 months.

Do you have a title already?

Right now it’s titled The Untitled Rick Ross Story, [but] that’s just a working title. Once we get finished, I’ll let the people who give movies names name it. That’s not my expertise.

What else do you have in the works?

We’re also doing a documentary right now. [It] is gonna be on me, too. We should have that ready in six months. I’m doing it with a guy named Marc Levin. He’s a world-renowned documentary [maker]. I got all good people on my team. I’m messing with the best!

Sounds like it. Let’s go back to what got you to this point. How did you get into the drug game?

One of my friends had came to me and he said he had this great idea. He was like a big brother to me, someone I looked up to, somebody I trusted. He introduced me to it. When I got into it, I had the intention of making $5,000 [and quitting right after]. It came so easy that I couldn’t quit.

How old were you when you first started selling cocaine?

I was probably like 19, ’bout to turn 20.

And how did you meet Oscar Blandon?

We were pretty tight. I stayed at his house when I would go to Miami to visit. I thought we were tighter than we were, [but] we weren’t as tight as I thought. But we were pretty tight, I felt.

It’s no secret that Blandon set you up. When and how did you learn that it was him?

I knew pretty much the day I got arrested that he was the one that set me up, but I didn’t wanna believe that. It became apparent after Gary Webb had gotten in contact with me. You know, it was hard for me to believe that he set me up, even after I knew he had. You don’t wanna believe that a friend betrayed you.

So you found out before you got arrested?

I wasn’t tipped off until after I got arrested.

You said you were in it to make $5,000, but you clearly made a lot more. Almost three million a day was reported at one point. What were you doing with the money?

I started investing it. I gave a lot of people jobs. I gave back to the community a lot. It was many a time that I was going places and say, ‘you know what? They just repo’d my car, so and so’s in jail [and] they need bail.’ I took care of it.

During an interview with Dateline you said it (the business) wasn’t about you then. Did the detrimental effects of your business on the community ever cross your mind?

I was planning on using cocaine to give me a jumpstart in life because I couldn’t get a jumpstart. It seemed that every store I went to nobody would give me a job, nobody believed in me – so I was just gon’ use cocaine as a jumpstart. I never planned on staying in the drug game. I wasn’t really fond of the drug game from the beginning. I always planned on getting out, but it came a time that after I was in it I started to see the effects that it was having on different people. I started to see myself as a hypocrite. I would say, ‘I don’t want you selling to my people.’ But I was selling to everybody’s people. So when that time came, I started to rethink my path. That’s what eventually got me to quit.


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    The REAL Rick Ross…..not some frontin ass correctional officer who cant rap worth a shit.Who only has a good ear for beats and has better rappers on almost every song with him to help carry him. The fake RR needs to hang up his mic and go away, or just stick to runnin his label, quit rappin about a life he never lived.

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      Please buy it, I’m falling behind on the repayments on my Maybach.

      • William Leonard Roberts II

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  • dj khaled is a arab

    when you think about it, the fake rick ross has took this guys name, his life as a cocaine dealer and even his look with the shaved head and beard. he really is a joke. i stopped listening to him when all this shit came out, i just cant listen to it.

    • William Leonard Roberts II

      You don’t have to listen to it man, just buy my shit. I can’t afford any more Louis V, God Forgives if mostly about me rapping about J Crew and The Gap.

    • JugularKill



      C’mon I would say 15% tops of gangster rappers have actually sold white, about half have been around environments who sell/ cook so they know what to talk about. And the rest use word play to make it look like they know their shit.

      I never once thought Rick Ross “rapper” sold coke, but I still like his music. I’m about black success.

      Rick Ross is smarter than a drug dealer, why? a correctional officer who took the identity of a drug dealer to become a multi-millionaire. He’s a genius & he didn’t have to sin much to do it.

      Niggaz who have never sold coke who claim to:

      Lil Wayne (buying is not the same as selling),
      Rick Ross,
      The Game (but his brother yes)
      Dr Dre,
      Lil Scrap,
      Busta Rhymes,
      Fat Joe,
      Slim Thug,

      I’m just being real. I can like a rapper but doesn’t mean I have to believe their bullshit. Grow the fuk up It’s not just Rick Ross it’s a gang of niggaz, especially new niggaz.

      Props to DMX, never said he sold drugs & he goes hard.

      • East Atlanta

        B.I.G. Sold crack. So technically he did sell coke.


        Snoop sold dope thats why he got locked up, right before Dre found him, he started rappin in jail. Quit actin like you know these dudes and hang with them, like you been hangin with them for years and know everything they do on a daily basis.

      • cheds

        I agree with you aswell, im about black success too, and I dont believe what most rappers say, but I like there music.

        your list of rappers is wrong though, snoop went jail in 89 for selling crack, nas has got a song on rick ross rich forevfer mixtape saying how he was a failed dealer, dr dre never claims to sell coke, and game never sold coke he sold crack, and i know someone from compton use to be from nutty block who has seen him do so

    • real nigga J

      Amen, all the people who bought his album each time are officially lames

  • Johnn-E

    Wow Im from Miami and i still didnt like Rick Ross, now that i know this i hope he gets sued for alot that piece of needs to stop blowing wayne and go back to jail to watch naked dudes.

  • Mutada mullah atari

    This piece of shit drug dealer needs to atop crying and move the fuck on. How many years of his life is he going to spend crying about another person having the same name as him. All rappers, all fucking rappers have taken a name image or style from a real life gangster, or a movie, scarface, the Mac, iceberg slim etc. Was jay z a real pimp? No but he called himself iceberg slim. Point is this guy was a piece of shit drug dealer who sold cocaine and crack within the black community at quantitates that far exceed, making some money to get buy because of a lack of opportunity. Ross has been ricky rozae for over a year now. Shut the fuck up and do something other than tell war stories about your past piece of shit drug dealing ways and cry about a rapper whonis making millions of dollars off of his music not your name or fucking beard.

    • Ninja Boi

      Who cares that we hasnt Ricky Rozae for more than a yr the point is he basically stole this mans identity…and be;lieve e that in itself is a heinous crime..i have had my credit card stolen and been left to clear off bad debts b4 and i would imagine it would feel alot like that 2 have ur identity stolen..i mean think about it you go to jail do time for your crimes and you come bgack out to find that one of the only things you have that really belongs to you has been stolen by someone else what would you do? Think about that b4 u pass judgement on this man

    • JAKE B

      @MUTADA MULLAH ATARI educate yourself homie cuz you sound like an ignorant DUMB ASS real spit get with the program or find another spot to talk your shit cuz UNCLE RICKY has RIDERS and if you wanna get caught slippin like the PORK-O-MIAMI did come thru the town…..

  • Mathias

    I just wanna see the movie chronicling this man’s life, cause you know it’s gonna be a true gangsta flick


    Think before you speak dude, stealing someones name is one thing but still some ones name and like ness and tryin to act like your him is a whole different thing.Sure rappers take names from movies or whatever but do they try to act like they are that person? When in fact they were a correctional officer which is completely opposite of what your trying to portray.GTFOH with that dumb shit.Ross is a fraud people need to wake up and pull the wool off their eyes.


      Oh yeah one more thing, quit acting like the dude is so bad for dealing drugs, he isnt the piece of shit he was the supplier, they made the choice to do drugs, no its not cool that he did but face it he sold them people bought them he supplied the demand, and these same rappers your defending have all claimed they sold drugs to get by…so quit bein a hipocrite.

  • kukluxswag

    like father like son part 2 coming soon by MBM

  • d real Ricky

    nat nigga does good music…….. but somebody shud tell him to stop impersonating……………… hip hop will not die…

  • umm

    ummm why are we gloryfing a man who has done nothing in his life except sell cocaine. This is why we as black people are backwards. I’d rather listen to Lil Wayne and Waka Flocka then hear about this fuckup.

  • J Ross

    I’m apart of the Real Ross Fam. We don’t like fake shit. IF u gonna b fake WilliamS U still need to show respect to the Real. Or we gonna stay on ur head & the Real is with us. So as long as u make music & not give RESPECT, U a FaT Boy 2 ME. J Ross Ent

  • J Ross

    Dumb people, we respect a man that could not read or write but made more money than any 1 u know, Y’all wanna glorify the the Italians & mexicans mafias, but when a black take over what they had he a fuck up. Smh now who the fuck up? Get your mind & grind right. Umm

  • bylaw99

    Can someone tell my why its o.k for hiphop to allow current or ex-law enforcement to come in and position themselves in a form of music that was against oppression and the government. Pac & Big would of never accepted this nor zebra jeggings.

  • ReggieBO

    idgaf. i like rick rosses music and anybody who dont can fade rite now! hoh