Maybach Music Music Group CEO Rick Ross went on record during an interview with The Breakfast Club earlier this week, saying he wouldn’t sign female rappers to his label because he “would end up fucking a female rapper and fucking the business up.” On Thursday (July 27), Rozay issued an apology for his comment via Facebook.
“I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip hop,” the statement read. “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,” it continued. “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.”
After the video was posted, he received heavy backlash across social media and from several outlets (including HipHopDX).
It also follows the Wednesday night (July 26) premiere of VH1’s new reality show, SIGNED, which features Ross and a panel of other notable artists/executives in search of new artists. He made it clear his comments don’t reflect how things operate at MMG.
“I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists,” the statement concluded. “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. Boss.”
He also shared some praise for female rappers on his page.