Rick Ross has a long history of making horrendously misogynistic statements, on record and off. A few years ago, Reebok ended a relationship with the rapper because of rapey lyrics (“Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain’t even know it”) on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” remix. On Rather You Than Me, the album he released earlier this year, there’s a lot of stuff like this: “Finger-fucking bitches in the holy water / Then I go and tell what happened to my only daughter.” And that kind of talk isn’t limited to rap lyrics. During Ross’ interview with the Breakfast Club yesterday, as Vulture points out, interviewer Angela Yee asked if he’d ever sign a female rapper to his Maybach Music Group label, and he responded with this:
You know, I never did it because I always thought I would end up fucking the female rapper, fucking the business up. I’m so focused on the business. I gotta be honest with you! She looking good, I’m spending so much money on the photo shoots, I gotta fuck a couple of times.
He said it like he was joking, and all the male interviewers laughed. Then he went on to drool all over Yee, something he’d also been doing before she asked the question. So: Yikes! Here’s the interview; the exchange about female rappers happens around the 8:45 mark:
Don’t sign any contracts with Rick Ross. He would be a terrible boss.
UPDATE: Ross has issued an apology via Facebook. Read it below.
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.