Former drug dealer fails to keep his name from rapper Rick Ross

An LA judge said 'Freeway' Rick Ross cannot claim exclusivity to the name

A former drug dealer, known as ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross, has lost a bid in court to keep rapper Rick Ross from using his name.

The rapper, real name William Leonard Roberts II, took his stage name from the drug trafficker, but a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has said that the ‘Teflon Don’ artist can continue using the moniker, according to a report by TMZ.

Rick Ross recently revealed that his new album will entitled ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’. The album, which follows 2010’s ‘Teflon Don’, will be Ross’ fifth LP and is set for release later in the year. It comes on the back of his ‘Rich Forever’ mixtape, which featured Diddy, John Legend, Nas and Drake.

The rapper appeared at SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier in the month and will play London’s Proud 2 venue on April 2. He will then perform at Birmingham Ballroom (April 3) and Manchester Apollo (4).

The rapper was hospitalised in Birmingham, Alabama last October after suffering two mid-air seizures while flying from Florida to Tennessee. Ross said that a lack of downtime was to blame, telling BET’S 106 & Park that he was “totally healthy” after being checked by doctors for cancer, diabetes and HIV. He said: “It was a case of me not getting enough rest, enough sleep. I would get two hours of sleep and keep moving… that has to stop.”