Bigger than Rick Ross: Hip-hop has to take responsibility for its objectification of women

rick rossRick Ross has rightfully caught flak for lyrics that allude to date rape on the song “U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain’t Even Know It),” a track from Atlanta rapper Rocko which also features up-and-coming artist Future.

Amid talk of having “a hundred rounds in this AR” and “a bag of b*tches,” Ross 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,” offering up a virtual instruction manual for how to drug and rape a woman.

The Rick Ross backlash has begun

The lyrics have prompted a justified backlash on multiple fronts. Petitions have been launched on and denouncing Ross’ lyrics and calling for the music industry to take greater responsibility for the content it promotes.

Another petition demands that sneaker and fitness apparel giant Reebok drop Rick Ross as a spokesman.

Radio station 103.7 WUVS The Beat in Muskegon, Mich. has pulled all Rick Ross records from the air, and a barrage of tweets, Facebook posts, stories and videos have shamed Ross for his despicable rape raps.

Ross apologizes…sort of

Apparently sensing that his paper was in peril, Ross offered up a slick non-apology (and an insult to our collective intelligence) during a radio interview with Q 93.3 in New Orleans, claiming that he never used “the term rape” and would never condone the act. He also made sure to address women as “queens” and let all the “beautiful,” “sexy” ladies out there know it was just a misunderstanding. RightContinue reading at


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