2013 has been a rough year for Miami rapper, Rick Ross. The Florida native was the target of nationwide protests over his lyrics in Rocko’s hit song, “U.O.E.N.O.”
On the track, the rapping heavyweight brags about drugging a girl and having sex with her. Those controversial lyrics led to Ross being dropped by Reebok back in April, despite a public apology on Twitter.
While the axed endorsement deal and public criticism were hard to swallow for Ross, the rapper tells the AP he learned a lot from the incident. “You live and you learn. I think the most unfortunate thing about the whole situation was just the fact that my lyrics offended some ladies, especially dealing with the topic of rape. It was interpreted as rape.”
“I really wanted to make sure that I apologize to any woman that I offended in that way,” Ross added. “I just wanted to make that clear. When I make music and I’m talking on records, it’s like I’m painting a picture. In my mind, I’m seeing a film. I apologize.”
As for whether the women in his life were offended by his words, Ross explains, “They know where I stand as far as women. They know the level of respect I have for women. With my mother being the most beautiful woman in the world, she knows where I’m coming from.”
Ladies, do you forgive Ross for his lyrics?