Rick Ross Issues Apology for Female Rapper Comment: ‘Now It’s Time To Accept Responsibility’
Rick Ross is apologizing after his controversial appearance on The Breakfast Club this week. The MMG head drew the ire of fans and media after he explained during that appearance why he hasn't signed a female rapper to his label.
“You know, I never did [sign a female rapper] because I always thought that like I would end up f---ing the female rapper [and then] f---ing the business up.” Ross said. “I’m so focused on my business. I gotta be honest with you. You know, she looking good and I’m spending so much money on the photoshoots…I gotta f--- a couple times.”
The backlash against the rapper was swift, with many calling him out for misogyny and perpetuating stereotypes, as well as abuses and exploitation, of up-and-coming female artists in hip-hop. Today (July 27), Ross issued an apology on his Facebook page.
Ross' statement reads:
“I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip hop. My entire empire’s backbone is led by 2 of the strongest people I know and they happen to be women, my mother and sister. The operations wouldn’t run without them and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world.
“My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue. A mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue. respect for the ones who stand up to say hey that isn’t right. Now it’s time to accept responsibility and all do better.
“I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists. My discovery process was documented by vh1 on #signed which premiered last night. Many of the most talented artists you’ll see in the running to be the next #MMG superstars are female artists. I look forward to clarifying my comments through my support.
Thank you to everyone who’s going through the journey with me, we coming out everyday stronger.”
He also posted a pic with his late friend, rapper Lundy. The D.C.-based artist died in a crash in Prince George's County, MD back in May.