When Rick Ross canceled his tour late last week, the rumor mill was rife with talk that threats of gang violence had forced the Bawse into hiding. News reports from North Carolina Thursday cited police concerns that a gang known as the Gangster Disciples had issued death threats against Ross and his Maybach Music Group. In an interview Monday night on 99 Jamz in Miami, Ross refutes those claims, saying that a dispute with his tour promoter was to blame for the canceled shows, not gang threats.
"I canceled the rest of the tour due to the promoter, he wasn't really handling his business," Ross said in the interview. The MMG chairman said a tour stop in Arizona had been canceled without him receiving proper notice. The subsequent North Carolina cancellations also caught him off guard.
"So I just felt like there was some power that needed to be taken away from homie, so I canceled the rest of the dates," he said. "Once things began to unravel I just shut it down. Never was it due to any threats."
Ross addressed a video released by the Gangster Disciples, in which they make the threats against him and his MMG crew, directly.
"Real gangstas move in silence. Real gangstas move in silence. Anybody can stand in front of 30, 40 dudes and everybody real, everybody trill, everybody bout that life, everybody gangsta. But when them choppers come out, everybody fold," he said.
The "Hold Me Back" rapper went on to suggest that the Disciples have perverted the message of their founder, Larry Hoover. The beef between the gang and Ross first ignited after he invoked the name of Hoover on his song "B.M.F." in 2010.
"Anybody that understands anything about GDs knows that it's all about Growth and Development," he said. "That's why I used his name in the song, because I respected his scriptures. I respected his philosophy."
Ross also pointed out that he has performed in Chicago, Hoover's hometown, without any incidents.
"If I go to Chicago to handle my business like I did, I have no problem goin' to North Carolina or South Carolina where the ladies are brown skin, brown eyes, they got nice curls and they make the best apple pie," he said. "So don't ever get it twisted, Ricky Rozay is a boss."
Later in the interview, the Bawse also addressed his skirmish with Young Jeezy and his entourage backstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Ross alleged that after seeing Jeezy he made the first move, attempting to choke the Snowman where he stood.
"At the BET [Hip Hop] Awards, it basically boiled down to me running across Young Jeezy, he had five security guards in front of him, five policeman behind him," he said. "When we crossed paths, I said what's up. As soon as he said what's up, I tried to choke him. His security guards held me up, whoever the big Black dude is with the bumps on his face, he should give that dude something special for Christmas. He really should. It wasn't a big deal to me. I went and performed, it wasn't nothing personal."
Ross said that if he sees Jeezy again, or his other rival 50 Cent, anything could happen.
"It's not personal, but if I see Young Jeezy again, will I try to choke him? I don't know. That's an option," he said. "If I seen 50 Cent, is it personal? Not at all. But it's an option. There were certain lines that were already crossed."
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