(UPDATE: 7/27/2017, 5:30 p.m.): Following MMG record label head Rick Ross’s commentary on why he hasn’t signed a female rap artist, to which he said he’d “have to f**k a couple of times” due to shelling out so much cash on her career, the 41-year-old has released an apology for the misogynistic commentary.
Released via Facebook, the Rather You Than Me emcee addressed his insensitivity as it relates to the deeper-rooted connection of the male-dominated hip-hop industry. Though he’s known as Rick Ross the Boss, he made sure to give credit to the actual leading ladies who are the foundation of his MMG empire.
“I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip hop,” he penned. “ 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.”
He continued declaring that his “comment is not [a] reflection of [his] beliefs on the issue” and was a “mistake [he regrets.” As he now understands the impact behind such a remark, he said, he accepts full responsibility for the backlash he received and hands respect for those brave enough to call him out on it. Such a statement is especially significant for those who called out several publications as "fake news," "yellow journalism" and "irresponsible" for covering the commentary."
“I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue,” he said. “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.”
Ross concluded that despite the inflammatory comments, he still stands in avid support of female artists and “looks forward to clarifying his comments through [his] support.”
Check out all that he had to say in the official address below.
Rick Ross’s top-heavy rap roster over at MMG is stocked with hip-hop talents such as D.C.’s own Wale, Philly’s rap heavyweight Meek Mill and Texas-bred rap star Gunplay. The only thing it's missing now is a leading rap lady.
But after Rick Ross’s explanation during his recent The Breakfast Club appearance, the hole that a femcee might fill on the MMG roster would probably best go unoccupied.
During the conversation, Ricky Rozay discussed several controversial moments of 2017. He dished heavy on the much-needed musical reconstruction of his MMG signee Omarion, Birdman and his “Idols Become Rivals” lyrical sentiments and Tyga’s financial tug of war with Baby’s Cash Money label house.
When Angela Yee questioned him on his own label’s signees and why a female artist was missing, Rozay’s answer was oddly unexpected.
“You know I never did it because I always thought I would end up f**king the female rapper and f**king the business up,” he said above Charlamagne’s cackling outburst for the answer. “I’m so focused on my business, you know, I gotta be honest with you. She's looking good, I'm spending so much money on her photo shoots. I gotta f**k a couple of times.”
The fact that he’d have to spend so much money backing this nonexisent female MMG artist on photo shoots, video shoots and other signed artist nuances would apparently be too much to handle for him without some between-the-sheets action with her along the way, he concluded.
There you have it, ladies. It’s safe to go ahead and cross MMG off of your dream record labels list.
Tune in to the full conversation and hear what he had to say about a potential female artist at the 8:50 mark in the video below.
(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)