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Rick Ross recently addressed Jay Z’s teachings during an interview with Associated Press.

“He’s been a part of pretty much every project I’ve put together as a solo artist,” Ross said of Jay Z. “He’s always been there any time I’ve made a call. It’s just an array of things I’ve learned from him outside of music, like handling business and money…I come from down South where I want the music, bass and the beats that shake the walls. Hov talked to me about performing [and] what live music brings to the table.”

Beyond learning from Jay Z, Ross also said he learned from his dealings with Reebok, a company that severed ties with the emcee over lyrics from his verse on “U.O.E.N.O.” 

“You live and you learn,” Ross said regarding the matter. “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.”

Ross, who recently helped release Maybach Music Group’s Self Made 3, was asked how women close to him felt about the lyrics.

“They know where I stand as far as women,” Ross said. “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.”

The lyrics, which were criticized by many for describing date rape, can be read below:

“Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”

Despite the controversy, Ross says he still wears Reeboks.

“I’m still supporting Reebok,” Ross said in the AP interview. “I’m still wearing Reebok. It’s nothing more than that. I’ve been wearing Reebok my whole life…Still got nothing but love for Reebok.”

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