By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Rapper Rick Ross has had a rather crazy last couple of weeks ever since a video of the North Carolina chapter of street gang Gangster Disciples threatening the rapper to not show up to his concert in North Carolina made its rounds on the internet. Immediately after the threat from the North Carolina chapter, more videos from other chapters in other states immediately began to pop up on YouTube, all promising to harm Rick Ross if he didn’t “cut a check.” Days later, the remainder of Rick Ross’ shows were cancelled, with the first cancellation announced being the show in North Carolina. According to the street gang, the issues they have with the rapper stem from his multiple references to the organization’s founder in his lyrics, and the use of the gang’s symbol (The Star of David) being used on his recent album cover. Both events have been labeled as “disrespect” by the gang.
Although Rick Ross hasn’t said much about the various threats he’s received from the gang via videos on YouTube, he has finally addressed the situation and revealed what he says is the real reason he cancelled the remainder of his tour.
In a recent interview with radio station 99 Jamz in Miami, the rapper says he actually cancelled the remainder of the tour dates due to conflicts with his promoter.
“I cancelled the tour due to the promoter not really handling his business. He cancelled a date of mine. I was going to Tucson, Arizona and that was really two hours outside of the market. This was maybe a week and a half ago. I made a call to let him know that’s not how we move, let’s just communicate a little better. So the next day I woke up and I realized two more dates had been cancelled. So I just felt like that was some power that I needed to take away from homie , so I cancelled the rest of the dates that I had arranged with him. But originally, the tours from December 2nd to December 5th, that’s why we ended it in Miami. But we brought another one point something worth of business to the table, so we added those extra dates. Once they began to unravel, I shut it down.
“It was never due to any threats.”
The rapper then proceeded to suggest that he doesn’t take the threats seriously. According to Ross, he didn’t have any problems in Chicago, the gang’s place of origin, so he views the threats from the other chapters as people who just want some attention:
“I am a certified man. I am a real boss. And this is something everybody needs to understand, gangstas move in silence. Gangstas move in silence. And in situations like that, I just remember something an old school Dade County gangsta told me long a long time ago. Any dude can stand in a crowd of 30 or 40 dudes and everybody real, everybody real, everybody about that life, everybody gangsta. But when the choppers come out, everybody fold.
“Anybody that understands anything about GDs, it’s all about growth and development. Anybody that know anything about the old man Mr. Hoover, that’s why I put him in my song because I respect him and his scriptures, his philosophies. It’s all about support; it’s all about coming up. It’s not about one sucker or somebody who has some personal vendetta. And that’s something we going to address.
“I was in Chicago a week ago. That’s the birth place of the GD’s. And if I go to Chicago to handle my business like I did, I have no problem going to North Carolina or South Carolina.”
In related news, it’s being reported that police have launched an investigation and are now looking into the threats.
Rick Ross also briefly spoke on the incident that went down with him and Young Jeezy at the BET Hip Hop Awards a couple of months ago. Reports suggested the two had a scuffle and some sort of shoving match, but Rick Ross says:
“This is nothing personal to me. At the BET Awards it just basically boiled down to me running across Young Jeezy. He had five security guards in front of him, five police officers behind him. When we crossed paths, I said ‘What’s up?’ Soon as he said, ‘What’s up?’ I tried to choke him. His security guards hemmed me up, whoever the big black dude with the bumps on his face, he should give that dude something special for Christmas. It wasn’t a big deal to me, I just went and performed. “
Check out the clips below: