Uncle Luke Writes Open Letter to Rick Ross, Wants Him to End Beefs Before Too Late [Details]
Rucuss staffFebruary 6, 2013
A week after Rick Ross was the target of an apparent drive-by shooting, the Maybach Music Group CEO is receiving advice from Uncle Luke about changing his gangsta rap persona.
In an open letter posted on the Miami New Times website, Uncle Luke urges Rozay to drop the hard persona before he ends up in prison or dead like Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. Ross saw his life flash before his eyes when someone shot at his car while leaving his birthday party at LIV nightclub in Miami on Jan. 28.
Ross was forced to hire 24-hour security after the incident. Many speculate that Ross is in fear of his life after being threatened by the gang, Gangster Disciples. It was rumored he canceled his MMG tour because of the threats. But Ross reps claim the tour was canceled due to ‘“apparent lack of organization and communication on the part of the tour promoter.”
Now the former 2 Live Crew member has weighted in on the incidents that has surrounded Ross. But instead of Uncle Luke reaching out to Rozay by phone or in person, he decided to write an open letter to the rapper.
Uncle Luke wrote via the Miami New Times
Dear Rick Ross:
As someone who survived several rap beefs, I’m going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You’ve paid your dues and you’ve grown lyrically since the release of your debut album, Port of Miami, in 2006. You’ve arrived, buddy.
But all this gangster bullshit is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot. You can forget about doing any tours or CD signings. And if you can’t make money, watch how fast Warner Bros. Records turns on you. I know from experience how venues and the music industry would like to black ball you.
You have the Gangster Disciples breathing down your neck because you’ve named-dropped Larry Hoover, the gang’s founder, in your music. Unlike the record and book publishing industries, these bad dudes don’t understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader, and they don’t like it. That’s why they’re on YouTube talking about how you need to go see them and cut a check.
It’s a shame you can’t enjoy life without spending part of your earnings on heavy security or risking your freedom by purchasing an arsenal. Remember, that’s what landed T.I. and Lil Wayne in prison. You don’t want that to happen to you. However, those are the consequences of rapping about being something you’re not.
Hip-hop has a rich history of college guys who never committed a crime rapping about moving kilos of cocaine and taking out snitches. Every gangster rapper takes on the role of a real hood legend to build up street cred. But I don’t want you to fall into the trap of believing you are really a gangster.
Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It’s time you squash your beefs.
Uncle Luke may have been genuine when he wrote this open letter, but it does come off that he’s taking a few jabs at Ross. Especially the part about him ‘being something he’s’ not’ or not being a gangster.
What’s your thoughts? Do you think Uncle Luke is coming from a genuine place, or is he just blowing smoke up Ross’ ass and seeking attention?
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