Earlier this week while appearing on The Breakfast Club, rapper Rick Ross was asked why he hasn’t really signed any female rappers or singers to his Maybach Music Group record label, which features artists like Meek Mill, Wale and Omarion. His response was that it would be hard for him to avoid mixing business with pleasure with a female artist who is attractive and that he’s spending his coins on.
“You know, I never did it because I always thought I would end up f–king the female rapper,” he said. “F–king the business up. I’m so focused on my business. I gotta be honest with you. You know, she’s looking good and I’m spending so much money on her photo shoots, I got to f–k her a couple times.”
It wasn’t being politically incorrect, it was being very sexist — and very gross. The negative reaction was immediate, and Ross has decided to apologize for his comments, citing his mother, sister and daughter as a reason he’s had a change of heart.
“I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip
hop,” he wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “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.”
Ross would go on to say that despite his very sexist statements, they don’t truly represent the way he looks at providing opportunities for women in rap in the industry.
“My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue. A mistake I regret,” he said. “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,” Ross added. “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. Boss”
As the 41-year-old rapper mentioned, he is one of the stars of the new VH1 show Signed, a music competition series. Considering that he lost a deal with Reebok in 2013 over lyrics that seemed to encourage date rape, it seems that if he wants to continue making “Boss” moves and not getting in hot water with the people who do business with him, he might need to think before he speaks.