Rick Ross has had an ongoing controversy surrounding his references to Larry Hoover and the Gangster Disciples. The issues started in 2010 with Ross’ record “BMF”, which contained the lyrics, “I think I’m Big Meech, I think I’m Larry Hoover.” During Rick Ross’ promo trip to Chicago back in 2010, Ross appeared at the PHLI Store in Hyde Park and then later that night at a Chicago club. He was met by Larry Hoover Jr. who told us in an interview just days after the meeting, that the issue was resolved. “As long as everyone is a man of their word, everything is fine. He got the understanding that it’s not good to use [Hoover's] name in the context that he used it. That’s as far away from where we are as ever,” Hoover said.
When Ross released his mixtape, Black Bar Mitzvah, in October, he was once again embroiled in the controversy due to the album’s cover art. Shortly after the release, youtube videos surfaced featuring G.D.’s threatening Rick Ross and other members of his MMG crew. Last week it was reported that Ross cancelled remaining dates of his current tour due to safety concerns over the threats.
To clear the air, Ross took to the radio and said that the cancellation was due to shady promoters not handling their business properly. “The promoter wasn’t really handling his business,” Ross says in the video below. It wasn’t due to any threats… Let me explain something to you, I am a certified man, I am a real boss. This is something that everybody needs to understand, gangsters move in silence,” he continued, his voice growing more passionate as the interview went on.
“Anybody that understands anything about G.D.’s, 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, cause I respected his scriptures, his philosophies. It’s all about support, it’s all about coming up. It’s just not about somebody, one sucker, or somebody that’s got a personal vendetta, and that’s something that we’re going to address,” he said.
“I was just in Chicago a week and a half ago, that’s the birthplace of the G.D.’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.. Don’t ever get it twisted, Ricky Rozay is a boss! I’m certified worldwide, I could put 1,000 gangster in any hood, but that’s not what I’m here for.”
See the full interview below.