Rick Ross has begun damage control following the cancellation of his December tour dates, and during a radio interview denied that gang threats had influenced the cancelled shows. While speaking with Felisha Monet of Miami radio station 99Jamz, Ross reinforced earlier comments that the cancellation was the result of problems with the tour’s promoter not “handling his business.” Threats against Ross from the Gangster Disciples, a known street gang, have been publicized in recent weeks, but he maintained that the gang had no effect on his actions.
“I’m a certified man, I am a real boss and this is something that everybody need to understand, gangsters move in silence,” Ross said, speaking of the Youtube video posted by alleged members of the gang. “And in situations like that, I remember something an old-school Dade County gangster told me a long time ago, that any dude can stand in the crowd with 30, 40 dudes and everybody real, everybody trill, everybody about that life, everybody gangsta. But when the choppers come out everybody fold.”
Still, Ross did not promote a confrontation with the men who would threaten his life. “I could put 1,000 gangsters in any hood, but that’s not what I’m here for: I’m here to make stars, I’m here to make icons, I’m here to be Grammy nominated–and that’s what I’m doing.”
He went on to pay respects to GD founder Larry Hoover, and the city of Chicago, where the gang originated. The B.M.F rapper didn’t pull any punches, and voiced his lack of fear going forward. “If I go to Chicago to handle my business like I did, I have no problem goin’ to North Carolina or South Carolina where the ladies are brown skin, brown eyes, they got nice curls and they make the best apple pie,” he told Miami listeners. “So don’t ever get it twisted, Ricky Rozay is a boss.”