News: Rocko Denies Terminating The Boss: "I Didn't Take [Rick] Ross Off Of It" [Video]
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 10:50AM
Atlanta hip-hop artist Rocko has clarified reports which claim he ditched Rick Ross and made a new "U.O.E.N.O" in light of the controversy surrounding the "Boss'" verse.
According to Rocko, he still stands behind the original version and decided to make additional versions of the track.
"Ross is on the record," Rocko affirmed. "People like, 'You took Ross off.' No, I didn't take Ross off of it. Ross is on the record. I got multiple versions of the record. If you know what multiple means -- I got people that want to get on the record. It's a good record. If I respect you and I respect your craft, I don't mind you doing a verse on it. ... Ross is going to always be on that record. Whenever I perform that record, Ross' verse is going to play. ... The First Amendment is freedom of speech and you're entitled to say whatever you want to say as individuals. ... That's how the media tries to do it. ... The homie's always on that song and when you turn on your radio, you may hear his version or you may hear another version. Certain radio might not play that version. But I'm standing on that version. I'm staying on the original and every version I got." (Shade 45)
Earlier this month, Rocko admitted the pressure of mainstream media made him come up with new, more radio-friendly versions of the record.
"I went in and did the record and it was from my mixtape, I knew it was a good song but I ain't have a clue that the streets would be so receptive to it. I 'ain't' even know it.' [laughs] With that being said, the record instantly became a smash over the [NBA] All-Star Weekend and stuff like that and it just became a smash in the streets. With me, I feel like I'm a street artist, I feel the record with Ross, that'll always be the original record but because of the type of traction that the record has as far as like radio and all over the country -- it puts me in a position where I have to change it. Right now, at the present moment, I have six different verses from all types of very talented, multi-faceted artists - witih all respect to the homie Ross, because when I reached out to him about the record, I sent it to him and he sent it right back. You gotta salute that -- it's crazy because it's a Catch-22, I don't want to take him off but one thing for certain is it's set in stone that he's always going to be on that song. ... It doesn't matter who I put on the song, it's always going to be the original version of it. It's not like I can do another verse and say, 'Okay, this is the original right here.'" (Hot 97)
The ATL rapper also spoke on Ross losing a Reebok endorsement deal over his verse.
"As far as the Reebok thing, I don't think that was fair because what he brought to Reebok. People in my neighborhood, in my city, they're back wearing Reeboks," Rocko said about the sneaker giant and its popularity among rap fans. "It was a cardinal sin to wear Reebok before Ross started promoting 'em. Ross stepped in and he branded 'em and he got the urban market back in to 'em." (MTV)
According to reports, Ross will lose at least $3 million in the Reebok break-up.
Rick Ross is crestfallen over losing his Reebok deal because of that date rape song ... but he's also bitter because he believes the shoe company owed him a second chance. Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... Ross will lose between $3.5 million and $5 million ... he was getting a check each time he wore the shoes. TMZ broke the story ... Reebok dumped Ross for releasing the song U.O.E.N.O., which includes the lyric: "Put Molly [Ecstasy] all in the champagne. She ain't even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain't even know it." Ross issued a tepid apology ... suggesting the lyrics were actually misinterpreted. He also pulled the song -- which was only on a mixtape. (TMZ)
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