"My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue"
The rap veteran was speaking to Power 105.1’s ‘The Breakfast Club’, when asked why he’d never signed a female act to his label, Maybach Music Group.
“You know, I never did it because I always thought, like, I would end up fucking a female rapper and fucking the business up,” said Ross. “I’m so focused on my business. I just, I gotta be honest with you. You know, she looking good. I’m spending so much money on her photo shoots. I gotta fuck a couple times.”
The comments sparked immediate condemnation – with the rapper slammed as a “monstrosity”.
“Are we really out here still surprised that Rick Ross is a beach ball shaped, misogynist monstrosity? With a monotonous flow to boot?”, one Twitter user wrote.
Now, Ross has apologised and pledged to “do better” in a statement.
“I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip hop”, he said.
“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.”