Former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, a.k.a. Uncle Luke, posted a letter on the Miami New Times blog, addressing hip-hop star Rick Ross and advising him to “squash” his alleged gang-related beefs.
Ross, a Miami native, cancelled several tour dates in December after reportedly receiving several death threats from a street gang known as Gangster Disciples.
In a video released on YouTube, gang members call out Ross, expressing their displeasure with the “Teflon Don” name-dropping their founder, Larry Hoover, in one of his hit singles “B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast).”
Following the cancellations, Ross told a local Miami radio station that he “canceled the rest of the tour due to the promoter, he wasn’t really handlin’ his business.”
Just months later on his 37th birthday, the rapper was involved in a car crash while riding with a female companion that occurred after shots were fired at Ross’ vehicle.
In response to the recent incidents, Campbell offered Ross this advice: “You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life.”
Uncle Luke goes on in the letter to suggest Ross needs to drop all the “gangster bulls***,” and makes note of the Gangster Disciples.
“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,” wrote Campbell. ”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.”
Making note of rappers who take on a gangster persona, Campbell tells Ross, “I don’t want you to fall into the trap of believing you are really a gangster.”
In closing, the rap pioneer warns Ross he may end up like past rappers who got caught up in public feuds.
“Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It’s time you squash your beefs.”
Click here to read the entire letter on Miami News Times.
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