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After his comments during an interview with The Breakfast Club about not signing female rappers caused a stir this week, Rick Ross addressed his remarks in a statement via his Facebook page, calling what he said “a mistake.”

“My comment is not [a] reflection of my beliefs on the issue,” he wrote. “A mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue.”

He also credits his mother and sister for being the backbone of his Maybach Music Group empire, adding “I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world.”

He concluded his statement by plugging his new VH1 show Signed, a reality TV show where Ross and two other music moguls are on the hunt for new hip-hop talent, saying “Many of the most talented artists you’ll see in the running to be the next #MMG superstars are female artists.”

Read Ross’ full statement below, and revisit our op-ed on how Rick Ross’ comments highlight just how hard women in hip-hop have it right here.

In other music news, YG just dropped two new tracks which you can listen to right here.

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