Well isn’t this awkward??
On Monday, May 4th, the real “Freeway” Ricky Ross will be released from prison after being sentenced to life in prison in 1996 for an attempted cocaine purchase from an undercover federal agent.
His early release can be chiefly credited to the late Pulitzer prize winning journalist Gary Webb’s acclaimed “Dark Alliance” articles that exposed the CIA’s involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Through a series of appeals an early release has been granted, and come Monday a whole lotta hoodlums will be poppin bottles…but maybe not Officer Ricky.
Officer Ricky has denied lifting Prisoner Ricky’s persona, but Prisoner Ricky isn’t happy about the co-opting at all. He told AllHipHop.com: “After seeing all the stuff that has been going on with the Correctional Officer (William Roberts) that stole my name, [it] makes me think back to a year and a half ago when we spoke…I tried to talk to him like a big brother and let him know to be you, and that he couldn’t be me.”
Prisoner Ricky will be very busy upon release; his upcoming ventures include a potential reality show, movie deal, and entry into the music business.
I’m just not looking forward to the confusion. It was bad enough we got two Vanessa Williams, but now two Rick Rosses?? Y’all tryna send me to an early grave.