Rapper Rick Ross was threatened by the ruthless Chicago-based Gangster Disciples gang, but Ross said the threats were not the reason for canceling upcoming tour dates.
Gangster Disciples members from cliques all across the country posted YouTube videos saying Ross was “in trouble” with the gang over using its imagery – the six-pointed Star of David – and name dropping Larry Hoover, the gang’s co-founder.
The gang members, most of them wearing bandanas to hid the lower portions of their faces, ordered Ross to “cut a check” to Hoover or there would be “trouble.”
Ross said he wasn’t fazed by the threats, but the warnings were being taken seriously by the Chicago Police Department, according to TMZ. The department is reportedly looking into the YouTube video.
The rapper said he didn’t consider himself threatened and added that he wasn’t cancelling tour dates he scheduled with his Maybach Music Group because of the Gangster Disciples video.
"Ricky Ross is a boss. You can't cancel a Ricky Ross show without Ricky Ross' permission," the rapper told Miami radio station WEDR.
He blamed the tour promoter’s poor planning with his decision to cancel the dates.
"I canceled the rest of the tour due to the promoter, he wasn't really handlin' his business. Once they began to unravel, I shut it down. Never was it due to any threats,” the rapper said.
Ross also accused the Gangster Disciples who made the threats of being soft.
"Any dude can stand in a crowd with 30 or 40 dudes and everybody real, everybody 'bout that life, everybody gangsta. But when the choppers come out, everybody fold,” the rapper said.
The gang said they initially gave Ross “a pass” for mentioning Larry Hoover on the song, “Blowin Money Fast,” where Ross rhymes, “I think I’m Big Meech Larry Hoover/ whipping work/ hallelujah.”
The Gangster Disciples said they were further angered when Ross used an imagine of their six-pointed star with his head through it.
“Hey Rick, straight up – you know what you did. First time we gave you a pass on the ‘Larry Hoover Big Meech’ song. You were supposed to take care of some business you didn’t take care of,” warns an apparent Gangster Disciples member on one of the videos.
“You know who you need to tune into. Now you really disrespected the organization by putting your face in this star right here,” he continued, pointing to his t-shirt with a six-pointed star on it. “There’s only three people that rock this star: the Jews, [Gangster Disciples] and the Illuminati. You’re not a Jew, you’re not GD, so I guess the Illuminati got ya.”