WATCH: "Freeway" Rick Ross on How He Introduced Crack to the U.S. and Made Millions Off the War on Drugs


"Without this artificial price that we put on cocaine, I wouldn't have been selling cocaine," explains "Freeway" Rick Ross, the notorious drug dealer from the 1980s who is widely credited with introducing crack cocaine in Los Angeles and, eventually, nationwide.

Ross recently sat down with Reason TV's Zach Weissmueller to talk about his rise to—and fall from—power, the impact of crack on Los Angeles and the rest of the country, as well as his views on the effectiveness of the war on drugs.

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About 10:30 minutes.

Interview by Zach Weissmueller. Produced by Justin Monticello. Shot by Alexis Garcia and William Neff.