Gotti Grandson Unhappy About Rick Ross’s Use Of Teflon Don
Former drug lord “Freeway” Ricky Ross isn’t the only one who has a problem with hip-hop star Rick Ross’s choice of names (the Miami-based rapper is currently being sued by “Freeway” Ricky Ross for using his name, image and likeness). Carmine Agnello, the grandson of deceased Mafia boss John Gotti and one of the stars of the now canceled A&E reality show Growing Up Gotti, isn’t too happy about Ross’s decision to use his grandfather’s nickname as the title of his new album, Teflon Don.
Speaking on Ross’s use of the name, Agnello told the New York Daily News:
“My grandfather paid his dues for that nickname. That was my grandfather’s life.”
Gotti, who died in 2002 and was the most powerful crime boss of his time, acquired the nickname the “Teflon Don” because the majority of attempts to convict him over the course of his criminal career resulted in acquittals. On how he thought Ross should have approached using the name for his album, Agnello said:
“He should have asked for permission. A stand-up, respectable guy would come and ask ‘If I could use the nickname.’ 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.”
And taking a 50 Cent-like jab at Ross, Agnello added:
“Only in America can you go from being a corrections officer to calling yourself ‘Teflon Don.’”
Touché. Agnello is currently pursuing a career in music using the name Carmine Gotti. I smell a collaboration with Fif in the works.