Rick Ross denied that gang threats prompted him to nix a handful of tour dates, telling Miami radio station 99 Jamz that the cancellations were a result of a promoter who “wasn’t really handling his business.”
Following a string of canceled shows last week, starting with a date in Tuscon, Arizona, Ross said that he shut the whole tour down once things started to unravel, adding that threats had nothing to do with it.
“I’m a certified man, I am a real boss and this is something that everybody need to understand, gangsters move in silence,” Ross said. “And in situations like that, I remember something an old-school Dade County gangster told me a long time ago, that any dude can stand in the crowd with 30, 40 dudes and everybody real, everybody trill, everybody about that life, everybody gangsta. But when the choppers come out everybody fold.”
Ross also mentioned Larry Hoover (the mob boss the rapper name-checked in his hit “B.M.F.”) and addressed a scuffle with Young Jeezy at the BET Awards this fall before conclusing that he’s not concerned with personal vendettas. “I could put 1,000 gangsters in any hood, but that’s not what I’m here for: I’m here to make stars, I’m here to make icons, I’m here to be Grammy nominated–and that’s what I’m doing.”