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Former Los Angeles drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross continues to seek justice in his case against rapper Rick Ross, whom he claims is unlawfully profiting from his name and reputation.

After the lawsuit was initially thrown out in 2010, the case was reopened in California and Ross now has a trial date set for early May in Los Angeles. The infamous drug dealer-turned-community advocate sat down with The BoomBox to discuss the trial, calling his rapper namesake a "clown" and a "complete idiot," and revealing that, while he once had "a little respect" for Rick Ross, upon reading his deposition, he has "zero respect for him now."

What's the news with the trial?

We've been doing depositions everyday for the last month, just about. I heard some really interesting testimony, probably the most interesting was the rapper, he showed me how big a clown he is. I had a little respect for him, but after I saw his deposition, I have zero respect for him now. I think he's a complete idiot. It's a disgrace for me to have someone like this with my name. He doesn't know what the name stands for, or how I got my name. He thinks that this name belongs to some big mafia guy who don't care about nothing but himself and really, he's just a pig.

If you have an opportunity to set him straight, what would you say?

That's he's totally lost. The way he's going now, he's going to destroy it all for himself and find his career in the dump and not know why. A lot of people don't really understand how I've been able to stay relevant for 30 years. It's because I love people, and when you love people, they love you back. You can't go around spitting in people's faces, thinking that no one is going to pull your card.

Does it surprise you that so many rappers still associate with him?

Well, most of them are just like he is. That's why they can go and cut up a $400,000 car and we got kids in the streets that's hungry. I couldn't live like that. I sold drugs because I thought that was my only option. I know what it's like not to have food in the refrigerator. These guys come from good backgrounds, they're lying that they were illiterate. You can go check my school record, I was illiterate. I'm not bragging about that though, but that's what it really is. To have somebody who went to college and whose moms had a good job then turn around and claim poverty and illiteracy, it's totally ludicrous.

Yeah, that's what rap is now, a generation of kids trying to act like they're more hard up than they are -- from the rappers to the fans.

Exactly. All the stuff that they rap about is like, "I'm going to take your girl." Can you imagine, a guy coming up to me and telling me he's going to take my girl? And then, if my girl went with him, how would I feel about her? These guys rap like that and people still support them. They're not rapping about "What's going on, brother?" "Keep on pushing." Their message and my message are totally different. When I sold drugs, even when I sold drugs, I told people not to use them. I knew that when I sold drugs I was taking a life and death chance.

So what's next then, now that you have a trial date?

We're still going to be doing depositions for the next couple weeks. The judge ruled that she's going to make this a public trial. As soon as she makes the final ruling, I'll be releasing William Roberts' [aka Rick Ross] deposition publicly. I can't wait, so everyone can see what a clown he is. The way he clowned me. He shook all the white people's hand in the room and totally disrespected me in the room. When they get to see some of the things he says on camera ... I couldn't believe some of the things he said on camera. Let the world see it.

"Freeway" Rick Ross is currently in talks with Jamie Foxx to star in the Nick Cassevetes-directed film about his life. More info to come.

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