The Bawse says: "I apologize." And this time, he means it.
After a couple of weak attempts at defending his molly sex assault verse on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." (condescendingly calling "woman ... the most precious gift known to man" and then cringe-worthily tweeting ""I dont condone rape. #BOSS"), William Roberts (AKA Rick Ross) is finally, truly admitting that "suggest[ing] in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets."
Read the full "Statement from Rick Ross" after the cut.
Statement from Rick Ross
In response to the continuing controversy over some recent lyrics of his, recording artist Rick Ross issued the following statement today:
"Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it's wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it."
--William Roberts (a.k.a " Rick Ross ")
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