Rick Ross had done what the Notorious B.I.G. had failed to do before his trip to California in 1997. Rick Ross has announced that he has cancelled (actually Live Nation cancelled the shows)two shows in Charlotte and Greensboro for this weekend due to death threats. The threats are direct and fairly straightforward from the Gangster Disciples. The North Carolina Chapter recently took to YouTube to tell Officer Ricky to stay out of North Carolina, or else.
SPIN magazine explains the issues at length:
It’s easiest to think of the beef as a gangland copyright infringement case. The offended parties are a Crips-affiliated outlaw network co-founded in Chicago in the late ’60s by a currently incarcerated criminal mastermind named Larry Hoover. If you aren’t scholar on the subject, you may still recognize that name from Rick Ross’ 2010 single “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” in which he proclaims, “I think I’m Big Meech … Larry Hoover.” While Meech, a.k.a. Demetrius Flenory, founder of the Black Mafia Family, has come out as a fan of the song, Hoover’s people aren’t so supportive.
Confounding matters is the fact that Ross has of late adopted the Star of David as his own, plastering it on the cover of his recent mixtape The Black Bar Mitzvah and planting his smirking face in the middle of the symbol. The thing is, the Gangster Disciples were also already using that icon as their emblem, and if the so-called Teflon Don is the authority on gangsterism that he claims to be, then there’s no way he didn’t know that. He is, after all, a former correctional officer who cribbed his rap name from former cocaine trafficker and original gangster Freeway Ricky Ross (who sued him for it, by the way).
We are big fans of Ricky Ross here, and hope both factions can end this silliness.
In the above YouTube video by the Gangster Disciples, the message “RICK ROSS IN TROUBLE WITH THE GD’S … NORTH CAROLINA” flashes across the screen several times while a spooky child’s voice whispers, “Don’t kill me.”
A photo of Ross is shown to the sound of automatic gunfire, followed by another message: “WE STAND STRONG UPON OUR SIX POINT STANCE … WE WILL NOT BE EXPLOITED IN ANY WAY SHAPE FORM OR FASHION.