Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross recently updated fans on his relationship with Reebok, months after being publicly ousted from the mega sneaker company over controversial rap lyrics.
Despite receiving the pink slip and having their business ties come to an immediate end, Ricky Rozay said he still goes hard for Reebok.
“Not really, not really. It’s just more based on the natural…. what I just feel like rocking, and that’s Reebok a lot of times,” Ross told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway on Wednesday. “I still represent and show love to Reebok. They’ve showed me so much love in the past and I just feel good reppin’,” he explained. “I feel like it’s a dope sneaker as well, so that’s what it is.” (MTV)
Last month, Ross said the worst part about the “U.O.E.N.O” aftermath was thinking women may have been offended.
“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. 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.” (Associated Press)
Ricky Rozay also acknowledged his mother knew he meant no harm by his perceived date rape reference.
“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.” (Associated Press)
According to reports, Reebok CEO Uli Becker said he thought highly of Ricky Rozay but not of the company he kept around him in light of the controversy earlier this year.
We’ve heard Rick Ross’ side of the story, but now Reebok CEO Uli Becker has shared his two cents on the rapper’s recent dismissal from the brand over his date rape lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” According to a tweet made by Footwear News, Becker called Rozay a “great guy,” but said he has “stupid” advisors around him. Given how the situation was dealt with, that sounds like a fair comment. “Footwear News: Reebok CEO Uli Becker on Rick Ross: ‘It’s unfortunate because he’s a great guy, he just has stupid advisors around him.’ #FNCEOSummit” (Miss Info TV)