A couple weeks back, Rick Ross had songstress Chrisette Michele up in arms. The two were scheduled to perform Rozay’s hit, Aston Martin Music, at the Soul Train Awards but the bawse abruptly left after losing out on an award to Eminem, leaving Chrisette completely puzzled and quite upset. She took to her blog and had some choice words about the MC, and now Ross has responded via Source Mag’s Dec./Jan. issue (out 12/14). Hit the jump for his reply.
Your third hit single this year was â€œAston Martin Musicâ€ featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele. It earned a bit of controversy after you left the Soul Train Awards without performing the record. Chrisette got upset, even tweeting â€œIf this is the way of Hip-Hop is then I denounce it.â€ What Happened?
Basically, I had an opportunity to perform â€œAston Martin Music,â€ which Def Jam put together. The day before the awards I went there for rehearsalâ€¦it was a lot of things going on onstage and for the first time, me being at an award show I had no input. It was a little uncomfortable. I just came from the BET Hip-Hop Awards [where I invited] MC Hammer down to the pyro stage. As a result, we were voted the number one performance at the awards. I wouldnâ€™t risk that for a three-minute opportunity Iâ€™m not comfortable with.
The word coming from the show was they you were upset Eminem beat you in the Song Of the Year category and you stormed out.
Not at all. Iâ€™ve been going to award shows for a long time and Iâ€™ve never had a problem with who won. Iâ€™m happy Iâ€™m recognized. We were in the trailer, going over these particular [performance] issues [with the sows producer]. Out of respect, we came back out there to give them a reaction to the nomination. They gave the award to Eminem. I applauded. Big Record. That wasnâ€™t the issue. Like I said, the things we requested werenâ€™t met. It had nothing to do with Chrisette Michele. It may have had to do with me not knowing the other 50 people that were onstage at [rehearsal] and we doing my record.
Have you talked to Chrisette?
I havenâ€™t spoken to Chrisette Michele or her team. but I didnâ€™t speak to her to [invite her to] the show either. It was something maybe the label set up. [But] her choice of words were ugly. Denouncing Hip-Hop, that ainâ€™t cool. Using ugly words could give off the wrong impression. That could make your hat look ugly to me now. That could make your haircut look ugly to me now. Hopefully if we win a Grammy, sheâ€™ll come out and accept it withy our boy. Give me a kiss on the cheek.