Rapper Rick Ross was in Memphis this week for the grand opening of his latest area Wingstop location and picked up some more hardware to go with his gold records: the key to the city.
Ross has opened 25 Wingstop locations across the Southeast, five in Memphis. His latest location is on Union Ave in Midtown. That location has been operating since June.
At the grand opening of the Union location this week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton presented Ross with a symbolic key to the city.
"It’s a huge honor for me and my team to have Mayor Wharton give me the key to the city. In every city we open a Wingstop, it is our goal to make a positive impact. We appreciate his support,” Ross added.
Rick Ross finally learned his lesson -- rapping about rape doesn't win you many fans or sponsorship deals -- and officially apologized for his date-rape track ... one day after Reebok dropped him as a spokesman
Ross received a wave of negative backlash for a line in a song that said: "Put Molly all up in her champagne, she ain't even know it, I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it." Molly being slang for Ecstasy.
In his apology, Ross said, "Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets."
He added, "My choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize."
Ross originally issued a half-assed apology following the song's release, claiming people misunderstood the lyrics. Obviously now, he's changed his tune.
Memphis' Rape Kit Backlog current stands at 12,000 - the largest in the nation thus far.
Source and Wing Sauce