Rick Ross’ Date-Rape Apology: Stop Making Excuses

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As most of you know by now, Rick Ross’s mouth has gotten him into trouble again.

And this time, I’m not just talking about his cholesterol.

A few weeks ago, Rawse came under heavy fire for his lyrics on Rocko’s track “U.O.E.N.O.” I find it interesting that while news outlets (i.e., lazy bloggers) are reporting this as some sort of new track, the song is actually pretty old. I heard it two or three months ago, so it’s been festering for awhile. This recent outrage was triggered by social media, proving that good things can come out of Twitter.

If you haven’t heard it song yet, here’s what Rozay said that got everyone fired up:

Put molly all in the champagne, you don’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoy that, she ain’t even know it

I minored in Urban Dictionary Studies, so allow me to break down that verse:

“Unbeknownst to my female companion, I put a form of the Ecstasy drug in her drink, took her home and had my way with her.”

Yes, Ricky Hongray just admitted date rape on a song.

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After days of negative press here’s his apology:

I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS
— Mastermind (@rickyrozay) April 4, 2013

Playa please.

That tweet pretty much says, “Sorry you didn’t understand what I was saying.” Dude, you said you took her home, “enjoyed that” and she didn’t know it. Either the woman was comatose when he “enjoyed that” or his sex is so bad she didn’t notice a 400 pound man on top of her. Regardless, apologies are in order.

Of course, when this flimsy apology drew even more backlash, Rawse’s fan base rushed to his aid. Take a look at the excuses I’ve seen on Twitter and why it’s important to set these kids straight:


Mollys don’t knock you out like a roofie, they just get you horny. So what’s the big deal?

True, from what I understand (cuz I haven’t tried them myself, obviously) a molly is a form of Ecstasy, not some kind of super sedative. But Rawse clearly is using it in that context. This is the guy who claims to have Johnnie Cochran on speed dial. Johnnie’s been dead almost 10 years, playa. Details aren’t Rawse’s strong suit.

And honestly, that’s beside the point – why is Rawse bragging about slipping drugs into women’s drinks? THAT is the issue.

Lil Wayne didn’t get this much criticism for his Emmett Till line.

Um, yes he did. For those who thankfully missed that debacle, on a song with Future, Weezy the Romantic claimed he was gonna “beat the p**** up like Emmett Till.” Epic Records apologized and the verse was pulled. A radio station in Michigan banned Wayne’s music, and Rawse’s too after their respective slip-ups. And good for them – these rappers won’t ever clean up their acts until it hits their wallets.

Stop censoring my favorite rappers!

I kid you not, someone tweeted this: These feminists will cause the quality of rap to be watered down. My Lord and King, call me to the pearly gates right now cuz these kids need to do so much better.

According to that brain surgeon, quality rap must include misogyny. Really? Last year, Nas and Kendrick Lamar both released two of the best rap albums I’ve ever heard and both featured songs that aimed to uplift women, not drug ’em up for cheap thrills. Don’t be mad because your favorite rapper is too lazy or unskilled to think outside of their dehumanizing boxes.

And before someone tries to throw shade in the comments about my man Biggie being just as sexist, yes he was. So was Jay-Z. Nas has had his moments of poor judgement too. In Nas and Jay’s cases, they grew up and have moved beyond their childish phases. Sadly Biggie wasn’t around long enough for that. It’s time for Rozay to step up and mature as well.

Look, Rawse can waddle around the issue all he wants but that tweet above proves that this is a serious matter. I hate to admit it but kids idolize the man. I know because I mentor dozens of them.

You know those little signatures at the bottom of emails? There are kids in my youth group who use lines from rappers as their signatures. When you ask them what they most look forward to doing when they grow up, do they say get married? Start a business? Own a house? No, they can’t wait to “go to the club,” “or get money.”

Wonder where they get that from?

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I know most people reading this blog know to take Rawse’s antics with a grain of salt. In his case, hopefully sea salt, cuz it’s healthier. But here’s the harsh reality: There is a generation of kids that is absorbing every line.

If Rawse won’t take responsibility for his actions, I guess it’s up to us to put our kids on the right path.

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