The Hip-Hop world has had its share of casualties to the game. Tupac and Biggie’s tragic end sent shockwaves through everyone with or without careers in Hip-Hop and should’ve also marked the end to this type of atmosphere in Hip-Hop, but it obviously did not.
It’s been recently reported that popular gangster rapper Rick Ross, has had several death threats and even an attempt on his life on his birthday. But, Luther Campbell, affectionately known by his fans as Uncle Luke, is obviously a grown ass man now and he reached out to Rick Ross in an open letter regarding the dangerous pitfalls he is noticing in his career. In his letter, he said:
“Hip-hop has a rich history of college guys who never committed a crime rapping about moving kilos of yayo 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.”
The letter is filled with Hip Hop wisdom from the risque rap mogul that shows he’s come a long way from the days of Doo Doo Brown and Get It Girl. EURweb reported in March of 2011, his aspirations to run for Mayor of his beloved city of Miami. The rapper also told Rick Ross in the letter printed on Clutch magazine’s site:
“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.”
Luke also mentions in the eloquently written letter that Ross’ use of the Gangster Disciple’s leader Larry Hoover’s name being used in his songs is not appreciated by the gang and
“They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader.”
Thank you Luke, for these words of clarity. Rick Ross should appreciate your words as well as the rest of the Hip Hop world.
Read the letter in its entirety here.