Uncle Luke Asks Rick Ross To Tone Down 'Gangster Rapper' Persona

By Zach Carugno

As of late, Rick Ross has been at the center of much controversy. On January 28, the MMG CEO was driving home with his girlfriend in Fort Lauderdale when an unknown gunman unleashed a hail of bullets on his car, causing him to swerve and crash into a nearby building. Luckily, Rozay and his girl walked away without any major injuries, but now Uncle Luke has issued an open letter to The Teflon Don, asking him to reconsider his thug persona.

Via the Miami New Times Luke wrote, "All this gangster bullsh-- is jeopardizing your career. 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."

So, were Uncle Luke’s words overly critical of the Bawse, or just some good advice? "Trust me, you don't want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It's time you squash your beefs," he continued, even addressing the recent threats Ross has received from the Gangster Disciples.

"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," he wrote. "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."

Is Uncle Luke's letter good advice?