“You Don’t Want To Go Out Like Biggie Or Tupac”: Uncle Luke Asks Rick Ross To Quit Playing Gangster For The Sake Of His Life And Career

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February 6, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Ross and Uncle Luke

You probably never thought you’d see the day where Uncle Luke, Mr. Naaaaasty As He Wants To Be, would grow up and be out here writing heartfelt open letters to rappers that actually make a great deal of sense. But he did just that as he wrote to Rick Ross in his Miami New Times column, “Luke’s Gospel,” about how important is for Ross to squash the now-violent beef he has with people/gangs like the Gangster Disciples because of his past name dropping and affinity for pretending to be a hardcore gangster. A fellow Floridian, Campbell’s piece, entitled, “Rick Ross: Calm Down Before You End Up Like Biggie,” doesn’t come at Ross negatively, and in fact, Campbell often shows love to the accomplishments of the MMG leader, but he also makes sure he keeps it really real when he says, “But all this gangster bulls**t is jeopardizing your career.” And of course, it’s a risk to his life as well, as we know that Ross was most recently the target of a drive-by shooting on his birthday in Fort Lauderdale, which he was able to come out of unharmed. Check out some of the notable points in Cambpell’s post:

“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 bulls**t is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot…”

“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 coke 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.”
I’m sure Rick Ross has always believed that everything he says on wax is just a harmless part of rap, but sadly, people in this world are CRAZY. And while he might think it’s all fun and games to name drop known gang members and jump in and out of such a dangerous lifestyle, those who are really a part of it every day, and are looking for some easy money or blood, aren’t laughing. I agree with Campbell, pay off who you need to and and learn to rap about something else, cause the threats and drive-by shootings and the possibility of bystanders getting hurt in the future are NOT worth a false image, bruh.

 

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  • scandalous7

    alright, now the doors of the church are open.

  • STARO

    Why has Rap become the only musical genre where misogyny, murder and criminality is actually a unique characteristic, much like improvisation is to jazz??? Idiots. Surely, I miss the days when real artists had more to talk about! If RR hasn’t figured out by now that fakin’ it can bring about the ire of those actually makin’ it (i.e. the crime and all associated with it), then he has willing made himself a target. Hope he realizes there’s no swagger in a coffin or in a wheelchair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbara.codner Barbara Codner

    Luke is right. Rick and his girl were very close to being killed. #shitjustgotreal

  • McChesney Simon

    Rick Ross stole his entire identify from a real thug that is in jail but besides I never got the hype about his music.All he speaks about his cars,money and women.What happen to the days when RAP was used to bring awareness to social issues and I’m not here for watered down Hip-Hop either.He spoke nothing about the truth.Why risk your life when in truth you are not about that life?

  • Shaybaby

    Absolutely 100% agree with Uncle Luke. Rick Ross is not about that life. Like I always say everybody wanna be a gangsta- until it’s time to be one.

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    There’s a cost for everything. If you want to build a persona on selling drugs, running gangs, and killing, guess what someone’s going to call your bluff.

    Whatever you say about these idiot real life gangsters you cannot say that they don’t really live the dangerous reckless life Rick Ross is trying to cop. Its no wonder they are p*ssed that ol’ boy is making millions about the real ish they do.

  • Sagittarius81

    I have to agree with Luke on this one, he need to say the same for Chief Keef too.

  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    My whole problem with Rick is that he just won’t admit that he worked an honorable job as a C.O. He wants the world to believe that everything he says in his raps are “bible”. But Ricky, we ALL know that the “Real Noriega” doesn’t owe you no hundred damn favors! Chiiiiillleeee!!! Then had the nerve to try and deny that it was him when he first got exposed, then turned around and said in an interview “Yeah, I was a CO, but you gotta understand, I was involved in something real sinister!” Really? Really William Leonard Roberts? Smh… I’ve been telling folks ever since it came out that he was the MC Gusto (CB4) of the rap game! As the writer pointed out, the people in this world are crazy and they’re only getting crazier as the days turn. I don’t want to see Rick end up like Pac or Biggie, because regardless, he is a human being whose life should be valued, and I actually believe he has talent. I just wish he would tell the truth in his lyrics. I’d respect him so much more. Besides, you can’t keep rapping about the same thing you were rapping about in 2006 when you came out!

    • lateshia C

      LOL…that is a good way to look at it MC Gusto. I love that movie…anyways, I was never a fan of Rick Ross and when I learned the truth that Rick Ross wasn’t really hood or was pretending to be something he isn’t I just stopped liking him all together.

  • Na Na

    Once a bizniitch (Lil scrappy voice) always a bizniitch. he paid off one set of the GD’s please believe their going to be in his pocket for the duration of his career.

    Furthermore its an ego thing for Ross, how is he now going to switch up the very fabric that his career was catapulted to stardom off of. He put himself in a baaaad loose loose situation.

  • bluekissess

    Very well said Mr Luke. It’s definitely not worth it.

  • anony

    Preach. This^^^^^^^