The "Boss" of the "REAL" Rick Ross... (part 1#)
^^^The man who really "pushed it to the left" THE REAL RICK ROSS!
Ricky "Freeway" Ross , the name rings bells, from street dvd's documenting his lavish lifestyle to the newspaper articles alleging a CIA drug trafficking plan , Ross is a name that will live infamously in street lore.
Many in the hip hop world, first became familiar with Ross via the 2001 straight to DVD flick "100 Kilos" which made an attempt to chronicle the world that Ricky Ross is so well connected with,the world of international drug smuggling , corrupt cops, and federal conspiracy theories.
But many are unfamiliar with "the MAN behind the MAN" , refrencing the larger figure whom actually pulls the strings or directs the "traffic" perse in regards to these underworld plans that helped shaped Ricky Ross into the "superman" like kingpin that he became.
So now we present a look into the life of the man, Rick Ross had to answer to, a mentor, an icon and in some aspects a father figure to not only Ricky , but other drug lords such as L.A's cocaine cowboy Micheal "Harry-O" Harris and D.C's own Rayful Edmonds.
The man we speak of is the flashy but rather low-key figure known as Brian "Waterhead Bo" Bennett, not much is known about Bennett in the years prior to his career in drug trafficking, other than him growing up as an overweight teen with asthma in Los Angelas during the late late 70's to early 80's. Intresting to note however was Bennet's dedication to scholarly studies, unlike his two older brothers Tony and Darron Bennett who ran with the local gang sets and accumulated massive arrest records, Bennett garnered the intrest of academic administrators at a private high school in Sepulveda, where he was sponsered by a suburban white family and eventually became the first in his family to graduate from high school in the spring of June 1982, all to the delight of his widowed mother Minnie Finley whom worked 2 jobs in hopes of sending Bennett off to college.
But little to the knowledge of Ms. Finley , Bennett had not only gained the attention of colleges seeking the bright scholar for future studies, but during a social outing in Sepulveda, he became acquainted with a colombian national whom just arrived in the states , courtesy of his family's business venture. A business venture that Bennett would become quite attracted to, it so happen that this Colombian named "Oscar" was a member of Cali Drug cartel , and to Bennett this enterprise that Oscar was tied into was alot more lucrative and liberating than the 4 years of college that seemed like his only option for elevating himself as well as his family out of thier humble living conditions.
So Bennett made a choice that would change his life dramatically by insisting that Oscar take him on as a protege , didn't seem like a bad decision for both parties, for Oscar it would be the hookup he needed in breaking into a new market to peddle cocaine, considering that the market of rich young children of the hollywood elite had grown saturated, so this in fact was a blessing.
Not able nor willing to give Bennett a "one on one" course in drug smuggling, Oscar appointed a young nephew from his Cali cartel click named Mario Villabona who just moved to California in early 84'.
Almost overnight the shy overweight kid with the asthma became a "hood celebrity" in Los Angelas, due to his "wholesale connect" courtesy of the Colombian connect. According to an LAPD surveillence report on the activities of drug dealers in 1984, Bennett was a "certified kingpin" whom didn't mind letting it be known with a fleet of luxury cars, and alledgedly drove up to a South Central car wash in his 84' Mercedes Benz boasting to bystanders with the statement .."I got more keys (kilos of cocaine) in my trunk than you got on your damn back!"
By 1987, Bennet's flashiness could be considered the precursor to modern day "ballin", when he reportedly pulled up to roller rinks, nightclubs and shopping malls, in a well polished Rolls-Royce driving by one of his young hispanic drivers. By 1988 , Bennet's lifestyle became larger than life, when the staff at Caesers Palace adhered to his request to send a private learjet to fly Brian "Waterhead Bo" Bennett and a few of his[..]ociates in for a weekend of high stakes gambling and ringside seats at a championship fight.
Here he was in all his glory having just turned 23 years old, lounging in a dressing room with Sugar Ray Leonard fresh from victory after his championship bout, whom decides to show his appreciation to Bennet's apperance by giving him the champ's satin dressing boxing gown as a souvenier, he would end the weekend of "decadence" by golfing with top hotel and casino execs and tipping waitresses with 100$ gambling chips. His lavish suite would not cost him a dime!!!!
In spite of Bennet's penchent for these arrogent displays of wealth, Bennett also looked out for his family, he paid off the mortage on his mother's house on Florence Ave. and moved her to a rented home in middle class Northridge. He also bought his sister Carmen a manicure salon business, and a condo in Tarzana. He even looked out for his wayward brother Darron , by placing him in a high rise on Wilshire avenue, paying the 3,000$ monthly rent. He also invested in his own security , by frequently setting up various homes to avoid getting ripped off by other dope dealers, he also placed his wife Linda Payton and thier son in a San Fernando condo. All of this was done with cash according to investigators. All the while keeping a low profile with a fleet of 10 modest sedan styled vehicles for business use, and a Mercedes Coupe and luxury van for personal outings with him and his family.
Bennet's success was due to a team of loyal cocaine traffickers such as the Harris Brothers...David and Micheal supervised Bennet's crack operation with a "franchise" of crack houses in South Central L.A.
Micheal himself although a subordinate to the kingpin Bennett, rivaled him in the "game of flashiness" with a red Ferrari and a stunning array of high priced jewelry and fine leather outfits. But what also distinguished "Harry-O" from his enterprising crime boss, was Harry-O's ambition to pursue ventures in the world of entertainment and politics. Harry-O got acquainted with many black entertainers via his luxury limousine company, which also doubled as "hollywood transportation" for his cocaine packages, as well as owning a trucking firm , and a luxury auto leasing dealership.
To keep this enterprise intact, Micheal Harris set up a front company entitled Telesis Electrical Company that supplied custom made pagers and cellular telephones that carried a close circuit frequency broadcast from an offshore island.
Harris also pursued commercial intrests in the artistic world, by jumpstarting the career of a young Denzel Washington via the 395,000 $ investment he poured into the Broadway theatrical work known as "Checkmates" in 1988.
While Bo Bennett and Harris lived the "flashy life" they still managed to remain under the radar due to thier various business ventures. But on the other hand , things weren't looking to good for Bennet's mentor , the Colombian connect whom took him under his wing, as things would take a turn for the worse during the close of the 80's decade.
to be continued........