"Everyday I'm hustlin' " is one of the few printable lines of lyrics on the hit single "Hustlin' " by South Florida rapper
His manager, Philly impresario Kevon Glickman, says Ross is hustling him. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court here, Glickman alleges that Ross - born William Roberts, 30 - owes him about $1 million for his work, including the deal for the album Rick Ross: Port of Miami, recorded on Slip-N-Slide/ Island Def Jam/Universal.
"Hustlin' " alone sold more than one million ringtones before the album even came out last summer.
The suit filed by Richard J. Margolis claims that Ross' income was about $5,000 a year when Glickman started working with him.
But the suit says Ross began cutting out Glickman and demanding that commissions instead be paid to Ross associate Elric "E-Class" Prince, who is not named in the suit. Among Ross' paydays was a Converse sneaker commercial for which he got $175,000.
Life then got ugly, with "physical and mental intimidation," according to the suit. Ross and Prince are both big dudes, while Glickman is about 5-foot-8 and weighs less than 140 pounds.
An attorney for Ross did not return messages for comment.
In an interview yesterday, Glickman said not only was he cut out, he feared Ross would run into tax problems. "Ask Al Capone," Glickman said. "Nobody beats the IRS."
, who loves a yarn, read my recent item about CBS3 anchor
being reunited with his lost wedding band. Shenk says the story struck a chord with
, the Phillies broadcaster who retired after the '01 season.
Musser, now a rep for Anchor Brewing Co., was riding an Amtrak train a year and a half ago. In the rest room washing his hands, he removed his 1980 World Series ring. The train jolted. The ring flew. "It hit the counter, and then a perfect high hopper to shortstop - right in the hopper," Musser told me. (Looking for a play-by-play job, Andy?)
No one on the train could help, and Musser couldn't reach the cleaning service. He ordered a new ring.
Larry Christenson, the former Phillies pitcher, heads an investment firm, and client Ritchie Brooks is a union leader in the D.C./Baltimore area. The wife of one of Brooks' employees knows someone at Amtrak . . .
Who had come across a 1980 Phillies World Series ring with the name "Andy Musser."
Musser now has two rings.
"I'm wearing the new one," Musser says, adding that the original is in a safe. Both will go to his kids when he's gone.
Thom Christopher Warren
were here last summer in
The Lion King
, they led a concert reading of
Ruthless, the Musical
as a benefit for the AIDS Fund. Warren flew in from Cincinnati, and Ferris flew in from Tampa to be among the fund's recent honorees at its Black Tie Gay Bingo. The fund also applauded volunteers
and gave its "straight person of the year" award to
Power 99's Wendy Williams will sign her book Is the Bitch Dead or What? at the Borders at Broad and Chestnut at 7:30 p.m. April 26.
Filmmaker Ben Daniels wanted to gather six major steak-shop owners for a group photo before Saturday morning's world-premiere screening of his documentary This Is My Cheesesteak at the Bridge in West Philly. No mean feat to gather Frankie Olivieri Jr. from Pat's King of Steaks, Abbie Silver and William Proetto of Jim's Steaks, Steve Iliescu of Steve's Prince of Steaks, Tony Luke Jr. of Tony Luke's, and Vonda and John Bucci Jr. of John's Roast Pork. The toughest "get" was Joey Vento of Geno's. After fielding a no, Daniels appealed to Vento's belief in the spirit of the underdog, likening himself to Vento when he went up against the competitors. Vento relented.