Hi, I’m Rick Ross. What Do You Think My New, Pro-Rape Lyrics?

Updated: Friday, 8:45 am PCT: Ross’ highly-lucrative Reebok deal is now under serious pressure, thanks to growing cries from womens’ rights organizations and others.  Here’s just one petition; Reebok has not responded.

This is a game that rappers perfected back in the early 90s.  And it goes like this: release lots of outrageous lyrics, break a lot of laws, provoke intense outrage (Senator outrage a bonus), and cash your check.

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The latest practitioner of this black art?  Rick Ross, one of the most controversial (and death-threat’d) rappers ‘in the game’ right now.  Here’s his 6 step process for generating controversy, and making a lot of money.

Step 1: Release a track like “U.O.E.N.O.”

Sony by Rocko, featuring Rick Ross.  Ross’ offending lyric:

“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.”

(full song here)

Step 2: Observe Backlash.

RapRehab founder Paul Porter organizes a change.org petition, starts the hashtag #RRR, and urges action from top record label heads and station owners (645 signatures so far…)

Michigan-based 103.7 The Beat pulls all Rick Ross and Lil Wayne songs (Wayne was pulled for an earlier song that unfavorably referenced Emmit Till).

Other sources, like the Urban Daily, react.

“It is not acceptable to preach the practice of drugging women to have sex with them ‘without them even knowing.’ If she didn’t know she didn’t give consent. And if she didn’t give consent she was raped. You’re out here telling your fans that it’s cool to rape women and YOU don’t even know it.”

Step 3: Watch Story Grow.

Already covering: MTV, Huffington Post, Digital Music News, New York Daily News.

Much more ahead.

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Step 4: Attempt to Humbly Clarify.

Ross talks to Q93.3 in New Orleans…

“There’s certain things you can’t tweet. I want to make sure this is clear, that woman is the most precious gift known to man, you understand? There was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation. The term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape in my records. As far as my camp, hip-hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that, nobody condones that. So 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.”

 

Step 5: Observe More Backlash.

Step 6: Let Controversy Die Down, Enjoy Increased Revenues.

Images: promotional pics from the ‘Aston Martin Music’ video shoot. 

17 Responses

  1. Visitor
    Visitor

    You could have written a much better article about this subject.

    This looks more like a tweet than a serious article.

    I’m sorry to say that the quality of the articles on this site is often very poor and I’m not sure how long I’ll keep coming back here as many of the news I get here I can get elsewhere in better quality.

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  2. R.P.
    R.P.

    Everyone knows in order for any woman to sleep with Rick Ross she had to be drugged. Lucky for them they don’t remember.
    Rick Ross is a poser, a loser, and a pathetic excuse for a raper… I mean, rapper.

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  3. Miffed
    Miffed

    Hard to take you seriously sometimes, like when you’re reporting on something offensive but use a lame double entendre like “black art” in a piece on an African-American rapper!! You wouldn’t be trying to generate a bit of your OWN self-serving controversy by any chance… ???

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    • Paul Resnikoff
      Paul Resnikoff

      I knew that was going to come up, but no, ‘black’ is not a racial reference here. Though, rap is a very dark art form to me, and I’m saying that as someone who used to be a very serious fan of hip-hop, rap, etc. (and still a less frequent listener). It’s just not happy folk music, it’s in a minor key 😉
      And, so is everything that surrounds rap. I don’t think Gary Clark, Jr. is hounded by death threats, I don’t remember any of my favorite EDM djs getting gunned down in their 20s. Sometimes rap reminds me of the WWE, or opera (beefs, drama and such), but many times, this music and its surrounding lifestyle are too real and cynical for me.
      Which brings me to Rick Ross, who I think feeds the beast, and may ultimately be consumed by it.

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      • Mike
        Mike

        Paul,
        Who are you? How old are you? And do you have ANY relevant background?
        OH WAIT – IT’S THE GUY THAT FOUNDED THIS VERY WEBSITE!
        What’d you spend, a total of 6 minutes constructing this artcle?
        Firstly, not all hip-hop is dark, or in a minor key… jesus…

        AND most avid hip-hop listeners would hardly consider Rick Ross to be a hip-hop artist. You’re making a lot of generalizations based on RICK ROSS… really?

        and you have a Stanford degree in economics AND music…

        I think all of us here expect better.

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      • evac
        evac

        Paul,
        Let me apologize in adcance, but you brought this on your self.

        BLACK ART!? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me…
        Who are you? How old are you? And do you have ANY relevant background?
        OH WAIT – IT’S THE GUY THAT FOUNDED THIS VERY WEBSITE!
        What’d you spend, a total of 6 minutes constructing this artcle?
        Firstly, not all hip-hop is dark, or in a minor key… jesus…

        AND most avid hip-hop listeners would hardly consider Rick Ross to be a hip-hop artist. You’re making a lot of generalizations based on RICK ROSS… really?

        and you have a Stanford degree in economics AND music…

        I think all of us here expect better.

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  4. Visitor
    Visitor

    It’s just genocide music. I think it is horrible. Lol…there’s not one thing wrong with me realising and acknowleging that either.

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    • TRUTH
      TRUTH

      “It’s just genocide music. I think it is horrible.”

      …And what is Metal? With Slogans like “Hail Satan” and singers who growl in the mic…Hmmm
      Rick Ross is a piece of shit who doesn’t represent the Hip Hop Community, recommended listening would be Pharoahe Monch or Sean Price to hear a REAL Representation of Hip Hop.
      Thank You.

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  5. Max
    Max

    I am frustrated by the sites continued strategy of putting up a controversial headline to get views or picking fights with music companies and calling that news. This website almost seems to function at times as a Gossip News source for the music business.

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  6. Scrollin Down
    Scrollin Down

    After reading his “clarification” I’m not sure if Rcoda understands that date rape is rape.
    Watch dog groups that call rappers out for antisocial lyrics either don’t exist or don’t care when comes to other crimes including murder
    Yeah this is more of a quick informative post than it is an article. Sometimes that’s all that’s needed. The “Black-Arts” word playwas pretty low.

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  7. Visitor
    Visitor

    I have two problems with this article.
    1. Conversational style headlines are okay, but the article should not follow the same format.
    2. Rick Ross is a clown and doesn’t deserve any media attention.

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