ROZAY! The MMG rapper has won his legal battle with former kingpin Rick “Freeway” Ross over his stage name that he clearly borrowed from the West Cost drug trafficker. Freeway filed the lawsuit in 2010 claiming infringement on his namesake, but the court didn’t buy it.
“We recognize that Roberts’ work — his music and persona as a rap musician — relies to some extent on plaintiff’s name and persona. Roberts chose to use the name ‘Rick Ross.’ He raps about trafficking in cocaine and brags about his wealth. These were ‘raw materials’ from which Roberts’ music career was synthesized. But these are not the ‘very sum and substance’ of Roberts’ work.”
Great news for anyone a fan of Ross, but do you think he should have been allowed to keep the name?
Source: Hollywood Reporter