After weeks of controversy surrounding Rick Ross' date rape lyric on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O.," Snoop Dogg comes to the Miami rapper's defense.

In a recent interview with MTV's "RapFix Live," Uncle Snoop spoke on Ross' incendiary lyrics and subsequent loss of his Reebok sponsorship, saying that artists should have the right to free expression. He also added that Reebok shouldn't have hired Rozay if it wasn't willing to back him up.

"We as rappers we have a freedom of speech and our dialect shouldn't be taken so out of context," he said. "He has the right to speak on whatever he wants to speak on and that's his perspective. Me personally, as a rapper, I don't have no regrets about what I say, so I wouldn't give a damn about endorsement deals or none of that. If y'all cut me loose than y'all weren't meant to be with me — that's what I say."

He continued, "When you're buying Snoop Dogg you're buying all that that come with it; when you're buying Rozay, you're buying all that come with it. You know what his lifestyle is about, you know what his music is about, so you have to engulf all of that. If you're not willing to take all that on, then step out of the way and stop playing and acting like he's bringing harm to your company."

[via MTV]