‘Freeway Rick’ Ross was not only one the most powerful drug kingpins of all time, especially in the 80’s, but like most drug dealers with tons of money, he also had his hands in other side hustles such as the music business.
Check out this interview with Vlad Tv where “Uncle Ricky” talks about almost owning part of Death Row Records & financing soul singer Anita Baker’s first album.
Who knew Anita Baker had trap king dealings?
According to Freeway, the dope game basically funded the music business, especially back in the 80s and 90s where black artists couldn’t even think about getting loans and advances to produce their music projects. This seems to still ring mostly true today. Aren’t most these rap artists drug dealers nowadays? –or at least they claim to be.
Word to the REAL Rick Ross.
Via All Hip Hop News – Rapper LL Cool J has appealed to Barack Obama to pardon incarcerated drug kingpin Big Meech and his brother before the U.S. President leaves office this month.
Meech, real name Demetrius Flenory, headed up infamous crime organization the Black Mafia Family (BMF) and launched his own drug-funded music business called BMF Entertainment, before he and his brother, Terry ‘Southwest T’ Flenory, were imprisoned in 2005.
The siblings are each serving 30-year sentences, but LL Cool J has thrown his support behind the brothers in a bid to have them freed by an executive order.
The rapper/actor has outlined his argument in a lengthy post on Instagram, alongside a picture of the Flenorys during their early days on the street.
“I think these two guys who are both products of my generation could do a lot of good in the community if they were pardoned,” LL wrote. “They were incarcerated for non violent drug offenses.if they were pardoned I’m sure they would do the right thing (sic).
It’s a matter of character. From the outside looking in I think they both have it.”
The hip-hop veteran goes on to insist the brothers have shown promise of turning their lives around if given the opportunity to regain their freedom sooner than planned, and could “potentially bring a lot of healing and inspiration to a down trodden community and show all our citizens that the USA is a country where second chances are possible.
“I really think these guys… should have their cases reviewed. They should receive either a full pardon or at a minimum a sentence reduction. 30 years for a ‘non violent’ charge no matter how large the case may be; Still feels heavy handed to me.”
LL concludes his note by adding, “Let’s all hope it happens for them. Keep your heads up fellas. I’m praying for you. I love our country. I believe this would be a just decision. Pardon Meech and Terry Flenory.”
Obama has yet to comment on the pardon effort, but he doesn’t have much time to take action – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will take over the White House following his inauguration on 20 January.
“I don’t condone what they did but I understand why they did it,” he continued, insisting those living in rough inner cities will do anything to escape their struggles.
Via The Jamaica Observer – The police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.
In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.
The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force’s international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.
The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such “frivolous and mischievous” statements that could lead to “unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters”.
According to Jamaica Observer– Harry McLeod, the reputed ‘ex-lieutenant’ of former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, was yesterday acquitted of several criminal charges as the prosecution was unable to mount a case against him.
Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke
The 46 year-old, otherwise called Harry Dog, was acquitted of charges of larceny, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and forgery when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.McLeod, who was represented by Peter Champagnie and Kemar Robinson, was acquitted after the prosecution said it was unable to make out a case against him, prompting the court to order the return of his vehicle.
Charges against McLeod came after the vehicle was allegedly found in Tivoli Gardens with 4,000 rounds of ammunition in it during the May 2010 operation to apprehend Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drugs and gunrunning charges. The vehicle, with McLeod’s documents, was allegedly found in front of Coke’s Presidential Click office.
This acquittal comes two years after McLeod was freed of ammunition charges after 42 rounds of ammunition were allegedly found in his Oxford Road, New Kingston apartment when he was held in 2011.
He was arrested after the police listed him as a “major person of interest” in relation to crimes committed in the Kingston Western Police Division.
The real American gangster — Frank Lucas turns 86 today, September 9, along with ME!
Happy birthday to us!🎉
Read more about Frank Lucas’ life in my post: “Hollywood vs The Mob“