A former convict by the name of Ricky Ross has accused the rapper of using his name and forced him to change the street name before 'Teflon Don' hits the market.
Rapper Rick Ross is facing a possible delay in the release of his upcoming album - former drug trafficker Ricky Ross is seeking a court injunction to halt the project amid allegations the star is exploiting the ex-convict's name.
The hip-hop star, born William Leonard Roberts II, has been accused of adopting his stage name from the former cocaine kingpin, who became infamous for running a drug empire in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Ricky Ross recently claimed his lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to executives at music label Def Jam in 2006, after they signed Roberts, to protest "the exploitation and misuse of his name". Â He received no response from Roberts' label bosses and he is now seeking to gain sole rights to his name and ban the rapper from marketing any products as Rick Ross.
The reformed criminal has now issued an ultimatum to Roberts to change his stage name for the release of Teflon Don or face a court battle over the moniker. Ricky Ross' representative tells AllHipHop.com, "If William Roberts attempts to use the 'Rick Ross' name that he spent years earning and spending time in prison to uphold, he will be met with an injunction. Simple as that."
"This is not a publicity stunt, a game or a hoax, to sell some Rick Ross albums, as some have suggested. In fact, (former convict) Rick Ross intends to halt the release of any Summer 2010 'Rick Ross' album."