Mobster’s Son Goes After Rick Ross
First, drug kingpin ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross sought an injunction against Rick Ross for using his name, and now, a mafia legacy is following suit. Carmine Agnello, grandson of mob boss John Gotti, is lashing out at Ross for naming his recently released album ‘Teflon Don,’ a nickname that his grandfather held during his lifetime.
“He should have asked for permission. A standup, respectable guy would come and ask ‘If I could use the nickname,” said Agnello, an up-and-coming rapper who records under the name Carmine Gotti. ‘I think he’s a great artist, but you can’t just start calling yourself that to sell records… He wants to go for that whole image, but hey, be yourself.”
The 24-year-old continued by blasting Ross for his corrections officer past and subsequently launching a rap career that detailed a drug-peddling criminal past. “Only in America can you go from being a corrections officer to calling yourself ‘Teflon Don’,” said Agnello to the NY Daily News. “My grandfather paid his dues for that nickname. That was my grandfather’s life.”
Ross’s fourth LP, ‘Teflon Don,’ was released yesterday. The album, which features production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Clark Kent, No I.D., Kanye West, The Remedy, The Inkredibles, to name a few, and features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Drake, Chrisette Michele, Cee-Lo Green, John Legend and Ne-Yo, who appears on the album’s first single ‘Super High.’