Meek Mill is still bitter about Reebok terminating Rick Ross‘s endorsement deal in the wake of the “U.O.E.N.O.” controversy last month. The MMG rapper appeared on CivilTV and voiced his anger at the way the corporation “pimped” Ross and then dumped when things got hot.
“F**k Reebok. We wear Puma’s. That’s what we do. We wear Puma’s. As far as the Rick Ross situation with Reebok, I just don’t approve of none of that,” Meek said. “I don’t approve of no companies trying to dip and dab in our culture and then when you make a mistake they dip out on you. So, it’s like they still making money off of our brand.”
“I’m very against that. Ross is off of Reebok now, Reebok still gonna make money off of Ross. You know what I’m saying? Before Rick Ross and Swizz and Tyga, it was no Reebok,” he added. “These companies they actually follow our culture and make money off of our culture and pay us like a pimp…And me, I’m against that. Any way you fire me, we gonna tear your sh*t back down. Ain’t nobody wearing Reebok.”
A booking company that helped Rick Ross is coming after the rapper for money it claims he owes. The Florida-based Total Access Talent claims that it was hired by Rick Ross Touring to book and organize several dates in the Sunshine State in November of 2012. According to the company, it was never paid its 10% commission. According to TMZ, Total Access has been booking Ross’s gigs since 2004. They have filed a lawsuit–but acknowledge that their last agreement for arranging this tour was verbal. Total Access says Ross owes at least $171,000 in commissions.
Rocko released an alternate version of his controversial “U.O.E.N.O.” that features Future and Wiz Khalifa, and removed the Rick Ross verse that garnered such backlash throughout March and April. But speaking with DJ Whoo Kid, Rocko revealed that he will still perform the Rick Ross version live.
“Ross is on the record,” Rocko revealed. “You know what I’m saying? People like ‘Man, why you took Ross off?’ No, I didn’t take Ross off. Ross is on the record. I got multiple versions of the record. If you know what multiple mean… Ross is gonna always be on that record. Whenever I perform that record, Ross verse gon’ play.”
“The first amendment is freedom of speech. You know what I’m saying? And you entitled to say whatever you want to say as an individual,” he added. “With me, it’s no holds barred with me when I rap…When I’m feeling a way I’mma let it come out.”
After relentless pressure from rape survivors and women’s rights groups, Reebok has dropped Rick Ross over his date rape lyrics. As we previously reported, the anti-sexism group UltraViolet started a petition and protested in front of Reebok’s flagship store in New York City. A group of 150 rape survivors also called on the company to sever ties with the MMG boss. “Put molly all in her champagne / She ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain’t even know it,” Ross raps in the song “U.O.E.N.O.” Today Reebok finally made the decision to distance themselves from Ross.
“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse,” a company spokesperson told TMZ.
Rick Ross may have a lot of people upset over his lyrics on Rocko‘s now infamous “U.O.E.N.O.” track, but he’s also got some people in his corner. The latest rapper to come to his defense is Tyga. The Young Money rapper can relate to lyrical backlash, being that students at Harvard are protesting his forthcoming appearance at their annual Yardfest concert. During an interview with the LA Leakers, the 23-year-old spoke on how political correctness has brightened the spotlight on rap lyrics.
Standing up for Ross, he labeled the controversial verse an exercise in his 1st Amendment rights. “What he said that’s just freedom of speech,” Tyga explained making mentioned of the ongoing Reebok protest calling for the shoe company to cut ties with the MMG leader. “It wasn’t even his record. For them to do all that off of a mixtape song that wasn’t even his is kinda like…. you just got those groups they just wanna [petition].
“Activists and those righteous groups that’s what they do, they probably don’t even listen to Ross’ music, I know they don’t know who Rocko is! They just finding anything they can.” In reference to his own controversy, Tyga blasted the notion that he promotes “s-xism” and “r@pe culture,” as stated in the Change.org petition against him.”I’ve read the letter and it was funny because–this is just a group this isn’t the whole student union. The people that booked me, they’re fans. At the end of the day people have a right to their opinion, and I have a right to my opinion; to say what I want because it’s my music.” Admitting to making music deemed both good and bad, the “Rack City” rapper welcomes the best of both worlds. “I make negative music, but I also make positive music because that’s what’s thrown at me in life, your good and your evils.”