by Tolbert Yarkpawolo
Rick Ross and Gangster Disciple – Is there an assassination order against the rapper?
Couple of days ago, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police reported that William Leonard Roberts, aka Rick Ross, aka the "Teflon Don" who is also the founder of the record label Maybach Music Group crashed his Rolls Royce into an apartment building after he heard gunfire. "The driver of the Rolls Royce attempted to drive away from the direction of the shots being fired and lost control of the vehicle, striking a nearby apartment building," according to Fort Lauderdale police spokesperson DeAnna Garcia.
The suspects fled from the area prior to police arrival, according to Garcia; and, no one has been arrested in connection with the shooting. The police didn't elaborate but hinted that there is an on going beef between Ross and a gang.
It's no secret who the unnamed gang is. The hip-hop community and the blogosphere are aware of a beef between Ross and the Gangster Disciples. The Gangster Disciples, a street gang is upset with the rapper for using the name of their leader Larry Hoover in his song “B.M.F” as well as for using the Star of David on his mix tape – The Black Bar Mitzvah. As homage to David Barksdale, one of their founders, the Gangster Disciples adopted the Star of David, a six-pointed star as their symbol or emblem.
There are several YouTube videos were posted online in recent months with threatening messages targeting Ross. In one, a male voice says, "We're pulling up on you, whatever city, whatever state, the pressure on." In another video, "You got to cut the check," one video said. "Tell your boss man he got to get that check, or all you in trouble," says a male who identifies himself as a member of the Gangster Disciples. The video posters are alleging to be members of the Gangster Disciple from several cities and states including Chicago, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. All of the videos are demanding that Ross pay a fee for referencing the Star of David in his music.
The reality is this, if an assassin continues to randomly fire shots at a target he will eventually become lucky one day. Let's be real, Ross' movements are limited. In all likelihood, one can almost assume that Ross is constantly looking over his shoulders. He has canceled events in the past due to threats and might continue to do so in the months ahead. An accumulation of too many cancellations will eventually hurt his bottom-line.
In another development, Rick Ross recently won the rights to his name, TMZ reports. Former drug dealer "Freeway" Rick Ross had filed suit against the rapper claiming ownership of the name. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge shot down "Freeway’s suit, saying the reformed criminal has no case. In his lawsuit, among other things, "Freeway" Rick Ross says he objects to the rapper using his name because he reflects poorly on the black community.
Who is the Black Gangster Disciple?
According to GangResearch.net, the Black Gangster Disciple a gang that was formed on the Chicago's South-side (South Green Street & West 68th Street) in the late 1960s, by David Barksdale, who was the leader of the Black Disciples, and Larry Hoover who was the leader of the Supreme Gangsters. The two groups merged to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation (BGDN). Gangster Disciples at times referred to themselves as BDK (Black Disciple Killer). The gang has made several attempts to legitimize their image. Some members dropped the "B" and began to call themselves GDs or Gangster Disciples. In the 1990s the Gangster Disciples entered into politics in the Chicago tradition of Black Panthers, Black Stone Rangers, Latin Kings, Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Young Lords through the formation of the "Growth and Development" movement. The group has literally spread across the country. Outside of Chicago some branches go by the old name of BGD.
Ross is a talented rapper and to have a life of promise cut shortat 37-year-old will not only deprived his fans but will be another tragic loss similar to that of Biggie and Tupac Shakur.
Therefore, should Ross save face and his life by issuing a public apology to the BGD for (I'm using their word) "disrespecting," Hoover in his song? Should Ross make the payment that BGD is demanding?
And, direct questions to Gangster Disciple members, how much money are you demanding from Ross and to whom should Ross make the check payable?
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