In an interview with the Breakfast Club posted on Monday, Miami rapper Rick Ross was asked why he hadn’t signed any female artists to his Maybach Music Group imprint. “You know, I never did it because I always thought, like, I would end up fucking a female rapper and fucking the business up,” Ross said. “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.”
As you might expect, many people were taken aback by the comments, calling them sexist. Criticism has clearly gotten back to Ross, who took to Facebook on Thursday to issue a statement and apology.
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.
Ross also used his Facebook page to pay tribute to Lundy, a late female emcee who was affiliated with MMG before her death this past spring. “For those who listened to the interview in its entirety, I mentioned a beloved friend and female artist,” he wrote. “Lundy my lil sis who I mentored, may you rest in power. A female artist who's amazing artistry will live on.”
His statement glows with female appreciation and his note about Lundy is touching, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Ross is on thin ice with women, right alongside R. Kelly and Tyga, who both exhibit predatory behavior on a regular basis. Between this and his “U.O.E.N.O” slip-up, Ross should tread lightly from here on out.