New York, NY – As of late, it seems as though the Boss, Ricky Ross, has been getting a majority of grief from the media since his public feud with 50 Cent occurred some time ago. And even after the situation with the CO allegations died down, Ross still can’t seem get a break. Within the recent media exposé, Ross was featured on the cover of the May issue ofXXL Magazine, in light of his chart topper ‘Deeper Than Rap.’ Apparently, that honor fell short of an applaud as attention arose over the cover of the issue due to a certain wardrobe item.
That wardrobe item in question is apparently the shades that Ross just so happens to be wearing in plain view. The cover exhibits a zoomed in high quality photo of Ross’ face showcasing the emblem and the style of the Louis Vuitton shades. According to the prestigious company, the sunglasses are in fact counterfeits and they were blatant in pointing them out to the editors as well as the fans.
Here is the actual letter sent to the editors of XXL concerning the May 2009 cover:
We were dismayed to see the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine, which features a photo of Rick Ross wearing a pair of sunglasses prominently featuring counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks. Because the photo has generated considerable confusion among your readers and Louis Vuitton customers among others, we feel it is important to clarify several points.
The first is that the sunglasses Mr. Ross is wearing were not made by Louis Vuitton, and in fact, are counterfeit. Louis Vuitton did not grant permission to Mr. Ross or to whoever did make the sunglasses to use our trademarks. The second is that no affiliation, sponsorship or association exists between Rick Ross or XXL and Louis Vuitton. The third is that counterfeiting is illegal.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to correct the confusion.
Michael D. Pantalony, Esq.
Louis Vuitton Malletier
The company has in fact been in a strenuous battle over Louis Vuitton merchandise counterfeiting for numerous amounts of years all over the world. This is not the first time they’ve been clashed with Hip-Hop over their unlicensed merchandise, and it probably won’t be the last.