If you're a Bawse, you should employ a security detail at all times. Rick Ross learned this the hard way when he was the victim of an attempted drive-by shooting on his birthday. Rozay and his girlfriend were travelling alone that early morning, but now the "Hustlin'" rapper has employed 24-hour armed security.
Ross -- aka Ricky Rozay -- was already using armed bodyguards for protection at major events like concerts and public appearances ... but now he's decided he wants a full-time security detail.
Ross was targeted in a drive-by shooting in Florida early Monday morning ... when a car pulled up next to his Rolls-Royce and opened fire. Ross lost control of the vehicle during the incident and crashed into an apartment building.
Sources close to Ross tell TMZ ... the rapper had been getting threats for a while ... but he wasn't too concerned. But we're told Ross considers the shooting to be an "eye-opener" and will do whatever it takes to keep himself safe.
The shooting was an eye-opener?
This is where we mention the public threats Rozay received late last year from a North Carolina chapter of the Gangster Disciples, who felt a ways about the rapper using a Star of David symbol they associate with on his Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape. Ross cancelled a Charlotte tour date, but he said it was over a shady promoter, not the threats. However, soon after he was on a Miami radio show talking much sh-t about how he was good in any hood he goes to.
Fort Lauderdale, and whoever shot at his Rolls-Royce, would disagree. When the majority of your music is about flossing your diamonds, how expensive your whips are and how much cash you have in the bank, best believe the envious are going to want to test your gangsta, rob you or worse.
Can the 24-hour armed security be considered a tax write-off?