Uncle Luke to Rick Ross: Calm Down Before You End Up Like Biggie

blame it on Shake February 6, 2013

In an effort to talk some sense into Rick Ross (after his recent shooting incident), Uncle Luke pens an open letter in Miami’s NewTimes. Check a quote below and hit the jump to read the entire thing.

It’s a shame you can’t enjoy life without spending part of your earnings on heavy security or risking your freedom by purchasing an arsenal. Remember, that’s what landed T.I. and Lil Wayne in prison. You don’t want that to happen to you. However, those are the consequences of rapping about being something you’re not.

Dear Rick Ross:

As someone who survived several rap beefs, I’m going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You’ve paid your dues and you’ve grown lyrically since the release of your debut album, Port of Miami, in 2006. You’ve arrived, buddy.

But all this gangster bullshit is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot. You can forget about doing any tours or CD signings. And if you can’t make money, watch how fast Warner Bros. Records turns on you. I know from experience how venues and the music industry would like to black ball you.

You have the Gangster Disciples breathing down your neck because you’ve named-dropped Larry Hoover, the gang’s founder, in your music. Unlike the record and book publishing industries, these bad dudes don’t understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader, and they don’t like it. That’s why they’re on YouTube talking about how you need to go see them and cut a check.

It’s a shame you can’t enjoy life without spending part of your earnings on heavy security or risking your freedom by purchasing an arsenal. Remember, that’s what landed T.I. and Lil Wayne in prison. You don’t want that to happen to you. However, those are the consequences of rapping about being something you’re not.

Hip-hop has a rich history of college guys who never committed a crime rapping about moving kilos of cocaine and taking out snitches. Every gangster rapper takes on the role of a real hood legend to build up street cred. But I don’t want you to fall into the trap of believing you are really a gangster.

Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It’s time you squash your beefs.

Thoughts? Opinions? Bueller?

  • L’z

    that 3rd paragraph >

  • chang

    im so surprised that was actually a sensible letter

  • malcyvelli

    @L’z yup

    hes in too deep now, you cant just throw some money out now and have it all be over, i think this is either going to follow this dude either for life (however much longer that may be) or at least a long ass time

  • peaceofpi

    Haha it’s funny cause Biggie was fat too

  • mv

    And hit the treadmill

  • WickyWoss

    fuck that mayne im way trilla than this uncle luke ole ass

  • SHOWMAN3000

    See this is ignorant. How do you figure writing an open letter to “HELP” someone while in the same sense you’re trying to discredit him. What a bitch move. The supposed message hold s no weight when you throw “backhand complements” and jabs all the while camouflaging it with trying to “help” him.

    Another coward move by another person who’s trying to poke their chest while downing the next man, using his detrimental situation (shooting) as the platform! How do you expect someone to see your comments as sincere when your talking shit (mildly) at the same time. You’re doing the exact same thing you’re claiming his doing. I love Luke but this is the same dude who was scared shitless when Death Row was on his right? You claim that you couldn’t do shows or get money because of beef? There was only 1 place you could do shows and that was in Cali or any venue Death Row was in. So don’t claim being black balled. You got sonned out the game and you didn’t fight back because you wasn’t bout that life. Blasphemy! I love Luke again but that was a waste of writing if you truly was trying to reach out to Ross sincerely as a man and brother. SMH!

  • SHOWMAN3000

    *There was only 1 place you couldn’t do shows at and that was in Cali or any venue Death Row was going to be at.

  • Cage

    Luke was talkin sense….. Even though he was doin a jr version of ar-ab with that one…

  • marty mcfly

    People spend so much energy trying to make Ross out to be a fake gangsta that they actually making Ross into a real gangsta. Just for feeding into his persona so much and giving him so much controversy and attention. At some point perception becomes reality and people been trying to call him out for so long that by they time people wake up, they will have witnessed this man successfully pull off his whole career as a gangsta rapper. Not too mention make way more money then legendary platinum MCs with only half the lyrical ability and barely the same amount of sales per album. People like Luke think they playing Ross like a fool when in reality Ross has hypnotized the whole culture already. To the point that people barely know whats real anymore. Maybe Ross is real after all and alot of the game itself is fake.

  • adi Pre

    Real shit.

  • 44wade

    William Leonard Roberts came from a middle-class family with educated parents, earned average grades in high school and was a standout football lineman his senior year
    In 1992, when Ross was 16, county records show that his mother, Tommie Roberts, purchased a 2,300 square foot home in Rolling Oaks Estates, an upscale cul-de-sac community in Miami Gardens.
    He graduated high school attended college spent a year at Albany State University studying criminal justice trained passed and worked as a correctional officer
    and agreed to perform a wide range of correctional officer duties including shoot an inmate attempting to escape
    He had a clean record untill 2008 even though he has previously hinted about catching charges before this
    He denied the photos were him saying These online hackers putting a picture of my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples body I’m in the entertainment business
    and continued doing so until more evidence came out and then said yes the photos are me and told a story to make people think it was deeper than rap and then in 2012 told rolling stones magazine
    a different story about how he became a correctional officer
    He said the lines I know Pablo Noriega the real Noriega He owe me a hundred favors then when asked about it said I don’t know Noriega personally but I know niggas who have met Noriega
    He talks about making millions of dollars before rap from trafficking drugs I made a couple million dollars last year dealin weight Still in the streets strapped with them thangs
    But actually he was just a struggling artist trying to make it big
    I have never heard of a Boss worth millions sleeping on a radio dj’s (Greg Street) sofa
    DX: Just a couple more Tephlon Da Don-related questions. Is it true that he actually lived with you back in the “Ain’t SHHH To Discuss” days?
    Erick Sermon: Well, he didn’t really live with me. Tony Draper, the owner of Suave House [Records], he was cool with me. So Tony would drop him off and just go home. So Rick would be here, sometimes with one or two of his boys, and we would just work on records all day.

    When Rick Ross compares himself to Big Meech and Larry Hoover on “B.M.F.,” the semantics are important. He has gone from saying that he “knows” infamous drug traders, to saying that he “thinks” he is one. The “I think I’m” in “I think I’m Big Meech/ Larry Hoover” implies that Rick Ross in fact knows that he’s not a big time coke dealer, but that he has convinced himself that he is. Again, Ross is winking at his own play-acting.

    With “B.M.F.” and “MC Hammer,” Rick Ross has songs that work on two levels. They work first on a surface level: if you believe that Rick Ross is a drug dealer—even if you believe that he’s actually “Freeway” Ricky Ross—the songs work as no-frills coke rap, just as they have to in order to be commercial. In interviews and public appearances, Ross adheres to this version of his persona. But the songs also work on a meta-theatrical level: Ross is both performing, and commenting on his own performance. If you know about the correction officer photos, and know that Rick Ross knows that you know about them, then whole new layers of meaning appear in the music.

    No one in hip-hop has attempted to do both at once, convincing one portion of the audience he’s playing it straight while winking at the people who know better.

    It’s almost as if the loss of authenticity has freed him to push the Rick Ross character to its utmost extreme.

  • when keeping it fake goes wrong….

    Stop supporting him bottom line its way passed time this clown was out of rap I get his entertainment value and all but really I dont understand how the public has kept him going gold constantly. SMH if it wasn’t for 50 cents beef with him I feel like you guys would have let him take the king of the south title scarface used to hold.

  • Mike Diesel

    Uncle Luke is basically saying Tupac and Biggie were also fake rappers, and that is why they died


    @Mike, Bra, Tupac was a drama nerd. I mean, he didn’t grow up rich, but it wasn’t like he was pushin raw with the now and laters at 16 or some shit. He was a good kid. So, if he was into anything real heavy pre-rap (which {which PROBABLY he wasn’t), I really doubt it was for very long.

    But once he became a rapper in 1990, keep in mind, the Oakland PD beat the shit out of him for Jaywalking, a woman falsely accused him of rape, he was connected to two shootings in the years of 93-94, he went to prison in 95, and died in 96. So with a guy like Rick Ross, I believe he should think about the lessons history has shown us, and understand that he is now standing before a very slippery slope.

  • Cage

    @44wade : I can’t believe I read that long ass shit, but you were on point with that… Broke his whole character down…

  • D

    @44wade. You are absolutely right. ‘m not mad at Ross. Hes an entertainer! He has a character and a persona. Only fools, preteens and dumb ignorant broke ass gangbangers that are looking for a free ride and charity buy into Rick Ross. These niggasare bums. They will kill someone because he has a talent. Losers. How many of these guys have evermet Hoover?! They are out here dying and killing for someone that doesn’t even know them. They need to shut up and get a job.

  • Trill Talk

    Broken down in a nutshell all Luke was implying is GOD FORGIVES, DISCIPLES DON’T

  • SupremeSoulstice

    Where’s all the fags defending Kanye’s gayness at to defend this fake fuck???

  • who cares

    “those are the consequences of rapping about being something you’re not.” goddamn!
    @44wade – that entire thing was on point!

  • Woddy

    who cares about any of this… bottom line is ppl listen to this ni99as music and buy his songs because they like them and he raps about the stuff ppl wanna hear…. who the fack cares if he’s “real” or “fake” … im sure the checks he’s getting are real

  • marty mcfly

    @44wade, yeah I aint read all that shit but I see where your going with it. I still think people should realize that only a small percentage of people out there are gangstas anyway. Most people would say their not gangsta and alot of people who really are would still rather not be labeled as one. The kinda people who are really stressing the gangsta lifestyle on a daily are in the minority. So my point is I dont think people really care if Ross is gangsta or not. Its some people out there that do care but they still listen to Ross’s music and if they see him in public I highly doubt they would try to G check him. That brings me to my last point. The so called real gangstas from the street, alot of them respect Ross and really dont give a shit about his past. They see the nigga in the club and at his concerts and they salute the nigga so in Ross mind he as to think he’s on the right track. If people like Luke really feel like Ross is so fake then they should just not listen to his music and leave at that because they not gonna convince the rest of the culture that Ross is fake. That has been tried for 6 years now and its failed and Ross has maintained and progressed the whole time and nobody in the game has checked this nigga yet.

  • shonuf

    he didn’t say pac and big were fake, only that ross could go out like them, dead. RIP.


    only RICK RO$$ and DRAKE fill up the comments on this site! y’all lames can’t go a day without leaving some hateful comments on a story featuring them two SUPERSTARS!!

  • Jordan

    The realest niggas are in prison or no longer living. They don’t make it out to be able to rap about it.

  • Jordan

    Being a “real nigga” is like the all star team in sports. Everybody wants to be named one, but nobody wants to pay dues, play in the game, or risk getting injured.

  • david

    @Jordan depends how you define ‘real’. To me it means just being truthful and being the same person on the record as you are off the record. Blu for example lives an average life and he talks about it on the record so to me he’s real. All this shit about guns really came from people emulating shit they thought was cool in movies. So to me, someone bragging about having guns on the record (although they may be telling the truth) is fake coz the reason they try to live that style in the first place is coz they look up to characters in movies and other rappers. In the end they’re copy-catting fictional behaviour coz they wanna seem ‘real’ but ironically only come across as more fake.

  • K.

    @david what if they grew up with somebody who was “copy-catting a fictional” in their real life and that person raised or influenced them and now thats real to them. they really do that. thats how they live where their from. Chief Keef for example. that shits not fake. dudes a kid but he’s as real as gangster rap gets i believe that. hes stupid and i dont care for most of his music but if he said hed kill somebody i believe it. Maybe society has been faking it SO long that its actually real for alot people now. What started as people watching the godfather or even scarface and pretending was passed on and is now normal for a new generation