After going through a firestorm of controversy for his “rape lyric” on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” and subsequently losing a lucrative partnership with Reebok, Rick Ross has released an official statement on the issue. Though, Rozay briefly addressed his controversial lyrics in an interview and on Twitter, many felt the rapper was insincere. In an official statement released to the press, Ross offered some real words.

“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.

Continue reading Ross’ full statement after the jump…

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.”

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