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February 6, 2013

NEWS: Dear Rick Ross


If anyone knows about rap beef it’s Uncle Luke. In an open letter to Rick Ross via MiamiNewTimes.com The letter isn’t exactly what you would expect. It’s a letter of truth that those that want to be in the music business and/or are in the music business. But if you were to ask 50 Cent he would say that Rick Ross’s beefs are staged. No matter what your take is on Hip-Hop beefs there is one thing for sure. The violence that follows needs to be avoided.

Luke said it best “Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It’s  time you squash your beefs.”

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."Life And Freaky Times Of Uncle Luke" Portraits - 2012 Sundance Film Festival

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.

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