Rick Ross stopped by “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 yesterday to talk hip-hop, financial disputes, and his new VH1 show, “Signed”. But it was his comments regarding his management practices that stood out.
When co-host Angela Lee asked the CEO of Maybach Music Group why his label had never signed a female rapper, Ross responded that he’s worried he would end up having sex with the talent.
“You know, I never did it because I always thought, like, I would end up f**king a female rapper and f**king the business up,” the 41-year-old rapper said. “I’m so focused on my business,” Ross continued, envisioning a human resources nightmare waiting to happen, “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.”
It must be noted that at no point does Ross claim he’d try to have sex with the women, just that in his world it is somehow an inevitable conclusion.
The conversation starts at 8:45 in the video below (NOTE: CLIP CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE):
Ross took to Facebook on Thursday after he received criticism for his comments. In his note, he apologized for what he said and noted that he would not be where he is today without the support of the women in his life, his mother and his 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 explained. He said his comments are not a reflection of what he believes and it was a mistake he regrets.
“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,” Ross wrote.
Moving forward, the rapper is going to continue working and supporting female artists. “I look forward to clarifying my comments through my support,” he said.
It’s not the first time Ross’ comments about women have got him into hot water. In 2013, he was lambasted for his lyrics on the song “U.O.E.N.O.”, where he rapped about taking a woman home after drugging her. “Put Molly all in the champagne/ She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”
The controversial lyrics resulted in Ross being dropped by Reebok; Ross later issued an apology. “For me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets,” the statement read. “To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize.”
Lee followed up the rapper’s latest comments by asking if he’d make an exception for younger female artists, say a “young 17-year-old female.” Ross replied, “I mean most definitely, if she was a youngster that was bringing something to the table.” He referenced his relationship with Brianna Perry as an example. “That’s special… she family to me.”
Ross will appear as a mentor on the VH1 show “Signed,” where acts will get the opportunity to be signed to his MMG label. The show premieres tonight (July 26).