Rapper Rick Ross has drawn the wrath of John Gotti’s family for naming his album Teflon Don, the nickname of the infamous former leader of New York’s Gambino organized crime family.
Carmine Agnello, 24, is attempting to launch a career under the name Carmine Gotti.
Agnello blasted rapper Rick Ross in the New York Daily News for using the moniker on his latest album which was released yesterday (July 20th).
“My grandfather paid his dues for that nickname. That was my grandfather’s life,” Agnello said of John Gotti, who earned the nickname “Teflon Don” after winning multiple acquittals in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
“He should have asked for permission. A standup, respectable guy would come and ask ‘If I could use the nickname,'” Agnello said. “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.”
Agnello’s comments come amidst a legal battle over Rick Ross’ actual rap name
Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts, adopted the rap name “Rick Ross,” presumably after “Freeway” Ricky Ross, a former Los Angeles cocaine kingpin.
Freeway Ricky is suing rapper Rick Ross over the use of his name and image.
Last week, Freeway Ricky lost the first round, when a judge refused his request to block the release of Teflon Don.
According to reports, Agnello’s father Carmine Agnello Sr., who married John Gotti’s daughter Victoria, is still a reputed member of the Gambino crime in New York.
Rick Ross’ former job as a correctional officer didn’t sit will with Carmine Agnello Jr.
“Only in America can you go from being a corrections officer to calling yourself Teflon Don,” Agnello told the New York Daily News.