Rick Ross may have been embraced by Larry Hoover Jr., but John Gotti’s grandson isn’t feeling him using his grandfather’s hard-earned “Teflon Don” nickname for his new album title. Pop the hood for details
John Gotti’s grandson Carmine Agnello spoke out recently about Ross’ use of his grandfather’s nickname saying:
“My grandfather paid his dues for that nickname. That was my grandfather’s life,” Agnello said.
John Gotti was dubbed the “Teflon Don” after winning acquittal after acquittal in the 1980s. He was finally convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992.
“He should have asked for permission. A standup, respectable guy would come and ask ‘If I could use the nickname,’” Agnello, who is trying to launch a music career under the name Carmine Gotti, said of Ross. “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.”
“Only in America can you go from being a corrections officer to calling yourself Teflon Don,” Agnello said, noting Ross’ former career.
The choice of “Rick Ross” for his stage name also has gotten him in trouble.
Ross is being sued by ex-druglord Ricky (Freeway) Ross for using his name in a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Ross’ fascination with the mob didn’t start with the album he released Tuesday. His latest mixtapes, also released this year, were called “The Albert Anastasia EP” and “Carlo Gambino.” Both Anastasia and Gambino also were mob bosses.
SMH… We get where Ross was going with the Teflon Don business since he survived beef with 50 Cent and still has a career after the whole world discovered he was once a cop… but he really needs to cease and desist with the reckless lingo ganking.