Rick Ross Under NYPD Protection

Police are taking recent threats against the hip hop star very seriously.

Posted: 02/28/2013 12:30 PM EST
Rick Ross

New York City police are giving rapper Rick Ross around-the-clock protection in wake of recent threats against the Miami MC’s life. TMZ is reporting that NYPD officers have been guarding the London Hotel this week, where Ross is believed to be staying a month after being shot at in his home state of Florida.

Ross’ Rolls Royce was shot up as the Maybach Music Group boss left his own birthday celebration in Ft. Lauderdale on January 28. Ross reportedly hired 24-hour armed security after the shooting caused him to crash his car into a restaurant. He and his passenger weren’t injured in the incident.

Threats against the rapper have been a major cause of concern since gang threats caused Ross to cancel his Maybach Music Group tour last December. Promoters in North Carolina were the first to pull the plug on two scheduled performances by Ross and label mates Meek Mill and Wale last December fearing an altercation with the Gangster Disciples.

The infamous Chicago-based gang took issue with Ross’ 2010 hit "B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast,)" which invokes their leader, Larry Hoover, on the hook. Ross stoked the flames with the release of his 2012 mixtape Black Bar Mitzvah, which features the six-point star of David on the cover. The symbol is both an emblem of the Jewish faith and the official logo of the Gangster Disciples.

Ross’ sixth album, Mastermind, is expected to drop in 2013. The single "Box Chevy" was released February 15.

 

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