CeeLo Green is apologizing for criticizing Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion. After criticizing the “adult content” in today’s music, calling it “disappointing on a personal and moral level,” the veteran hip hop artist has rendered an apology.
While on an interview with Far Out Magazine, Green singled out female rappers which include Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion, addressing their music as “shameless” and “desperate.”
“A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level,” Green said. “There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But now music is shameless; it is sheer savagery.”
The 45-year-old rapper aimed his criticism, particularly at Nicki Minaj. “You have the ‘Heads of State,’ like Nicki Minaj or someone who is up there in accolade: success, visibility, a platform to influence. Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate,” he said.
CeeLo also singled out Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, who recently dropped their provocative collaboration “WAP.” “Attention is also a drug, and competition is around. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all,” Green said before asking, “It comes at what cost?”
— CeeLo Green (@CeeLoGreen) August 12, 2020
CeeLo faced a heavy backlash for his criticism, which has prompted him to issue an apology. In his latest statement share on social media on Wednesday, CeeLo Green called his comments a “misunderstanding” and reiterated that he never intend to offend anyone.
“There seems to be a misunderstanding with a quote taken from an interview I did a few days ago while promoting my new project,” he started. “Firstly, I’m an advocate of artistic freedom and expression as well as a fan of Nicki, Cardi & Meagan [sic]. I know most of them personally and consider Cardi & Offset family. Therefore, I would never disrespect them by any means.”
“I acknowledge them all as powerful, beautiful, and influential women…and professionals. I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them for the inconvenience they have been caused due to a snippet of my interview being used as a headline, and in turn, creating controversy and disconnect between me and these ladies as well as their fans,” he continued. “Know that I support everyone who is part of our community & culture. Always have and always will! Much love to all of the female artists who are running the game and handling their business. With Love, Lo.”
Meanwhile, Before Lo apologized, Megan Thee Stallion had fired back at male critics on “WAP” for its raunchy lyrics, while also referencing misogynistic lyrics found in songs including Three 6 Mafia’s “Slob On My Knob.”
“Lol dudes will scream ‘slob on my knob’ word for word and crying abt WAP ? bye lil boy,” Meg tweeted.
Lol dudes will scream “slob on my knob” word for word and crying abt WAP ? bye lil boy
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) August 11, 2020