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Rick Ross is allegedly under 24-hour guard by the NYPD. Rozay has been staying at a plush downtown hotel in NYC and to make sure no one who may wish him physical harm gets at him, cops have been posted outside.

TMZ  has the info:

Rick Ross — the rapper who has allegedly been targeted by a dangerous gang — is being protected by NYC cops round-the-clock because of recent threats … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We’ve learned cops have been guarding Ross at The London Hotel for the last few days.

Sources tell us, recent threats have been specifically aimed at the rapper … and he’s not taking them lightly.

You’ll recall Ross’ Rolls-Royce was shot up in Ft. Lauderdale last month after the rapper’s birthday party while Ross was making his way home. Ross and his passenger were not injured in the attack — clearly, the shots were intended as a warning.

The jokes write themselves considering the “Diced Pineapples” rapper’s past gig as a correction’s officer. Nevertheless, better safe than sorry.

On the morning of his birthday on Jan. 28, the Bawse was a victim of an attempted drive by shooting. While speeding away, Ross crashed the Rolls Royce he was driving into a nearby building. Ross reportedly hired his own 24-hour armed security after the incident.

The Maybach Music Group rapper performed at last night’s BET Rip The Runway taping and has a new album, titled Mastermind, due out later this year.

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