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Rape Ain’t Cool: Speaking Out Against Rick Ross’s Lyrics

Rick Ross is in trouble, and this time it’s not gangsters who want to kill him over his fake lyrics. His lyrics condoning “date rape” are at the centre of a whole new controversy concerning rape culture. At the time this was posted, a petition out on  Change.org had over 750 signatures (the goal is 1000) asking him to apologize for his lyrics.

In his song ‘U.O.E.N.O.’, which appeared on his “Gift of Gab 2” mixtape, Rozay raps:

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

The backlash from fans has shed light on a culture that is pervasive and too often part of rappers’ discourse.

“If it is not true and they are just lyrics, he has still just glorified rape and this should not be ignored.”, says the petition.

While visiting the New Orleans radio station Q93, the Miami rap mogul tried to minimize the situation by saying it was just a “misunderstanding”, pointing that he didn’t use the word “rape”:

“It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used”, he said.

He added insult to injury by making some back-handed compliments to his female fans:

“I want to make sure this is clear that woman is the most precious gift known to man,” explained the 37-year-old Maybach Music Group mogul. “It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used.”

“I just wanted to reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that had been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding. We don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”

Rape culture has been under a lot of public scrutiny these past few weeks after the Steubenville rape case, where two football stars intoxicated and raped a minor and later on were defended by the mainstream media, who claimed this victim ruined their lives.

The petition says: “Change doesn’t come from being outraged about big cases like the Steubenville rape trial. The dominant rape culture today has come from people ignoring and even glorifying statements like this because the song sounds good in the club.”

The former C.O. from Miami is not the only corporate rapper who has been under fire for his irresponsible, misogynistic lyrics. He and Lil Wayne have been banned from a Michigan radio station over similar lyrics.

WUVS-LP 103.7 The Beat’s bold move was motivated by this controversy and a Lil Wayne verse on Future’s track “Karate Chop” where he said: “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p***y up like Emmett Till.”

Emmett Till was a blac 14-year old boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi because of his color.

Wayne’s record company issued a statement apologizing to Till’s family but the rapper himself hasn’t mentioned it at all.

This is not the first controversy surrounding both rappers, and it may not be the last. However, the two separate incidents show there is increasing awareness about negative lyrics in mainstream rap. A portion of their fans have said “enough” but it will take more than that to see a change in the culture.

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