Radio Station Pulls Rick Ross and Lil Wayne from Rotation- Clutch Magazine

One radio station is finally taking a stand against irresponsible rap lyrics by refusing to play music from two of hip-hop’s top artists.  From Lil Wayne’s verse about Emmett Till in “Karate Chop”,  to Rick Ross referencing what some have defined as date rape in “You Don’t Even Know It”103.7 The Beat, based out of Muskegon, Michigan has had enough.

In a recent press release, 103.7 The Beat had this to say:

The questions have been asked, Is Hip Hop Music Destroying America, Is Hip Hop A Threat To Our Children or Should Rappers Be Accountable For Their Lyrics? You be the judge.  Earlier this year the song “Karate Chop” leaked online featuring rapper Lil Wayne.  He raps, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till.”  A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was release called “You Don’t Even Know It.”  Rick 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.” Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far?

Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many.  The family and estate of Emit Till have released a statement of disapproval over Lil Wayne’s disregard and disrespectful lyrics. Though his record label issued a statement of apology, the rapper has yet to do so.  In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States alone. That is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. His lyrics not only condone the behavior, but he boasts about it in the song.  While some feel it’s only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message.  Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we.  Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVSlp 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation.  We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.


What do you think about the removal of Lil Wayne &  Rick Ross from their playlists? Do you think more radio stations should follow suit?

Radio Station Pulls Rick Ross and Lil Wayne from Rotation

  • Sasha

    Aside from the fact that Emmett Till’s name is mispelled the second time it’s referenced, I think this is a great step in the right direction and other radio stations should follow suit. We’ve got to make people accountable for the things they say. Freedom of speech definitely but no longer should there be freedom of consequence.

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  • J. Nicole of UrbanExpressive

    “In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape”…

    A petition stating what, and expecting what outcome? Can we get a little more info?

    Other than that, I think its great someone, somewhere takes a stand. Every rapper doesn’t have to be a “conscious rapper”, and there is an audiance for ignorant music, but let them access it on their own. I’m not sure how many stations will follow (or if they even will), but this is a good start.

  • AJW

    Now only if this was nationwide & PERMANENT! Hopefully one day the rest of these awful musicians will be boycotted off the airways. I have been protesting with my wallet for over a decade now. I refuse to support negativity.
    These black entertainers, athletes and ect only care about the green & I swear that if more of us put our collective foot down and MEAN it, things will change. But, as long as we keep barking, whining & complaining while bobbing our heads & tuning in to these horrible shows too, we will do nothing but continue to chase our tails.
    We can change things. I know we can. We just have to believe it, own it & don’t waver.

  • A Diva State of Mind

    The petition has been started to remove the song from radio rotation, stores, his upcoming album, etc. You can read more about it here:

  • Selena

    I’m more than fine with this. Supporting black artists does not mean sitting back and doing nothing while they show disrespect for others. If I never hear another song from either of them, it’ll be too soon.

  • tina

    Hopefully this is just the beginning. There is a corporate machine that drives and backs these fools through sponsorship, radio play, etc. and maybe if the machine takes a hit it will become someone somewhere with power and authority will think twice.

  • Keshia

    This is great, yes radio stations may loose listeners, but also may gain others who are tired an rap and the garbage it spews. I can’t believe black artist think its ok to just mock their history and culture in the way lil gremlin child Wayne does. Rick Ross is also trash for thinking its ok to just mention rape in a song with no consequence. This is a good step in the right direction? Hopefully other stations will follow their example.

  • Niesha Gourdine

    Thank God!

  • Keshia

    Also make sure you all sign this petition to cancel ” married to medicine”

  • jamesfrmphilly

    FWIW : there are many righteous black JAZZ musicians who could use some support…

  • Gail

    No air play…Next NO SALE.

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  • Laneé

    I’m so happy about this and I wish more stations would follow suit and the community in general. It took a rapper boasting about rape for us to speak up about it. These type of rappers having been degrading women for over a decade now and we still continue to bob our heads and shake our ass in the club to it. I know I do. I know I hate these songs and what they represent but because it has a nice beat I’m dancing and singing along. We all need to change and stop supporting trash, lets focus on quality hip-hop and eventually the bullshit will fade away.

  • Anthony

    I am all for freedom of expression. Rick Ross and Lil Wayne are free to be ignorant, but that radio station is free not to play them. The Lil Wayne line about Emmett Till is disgusting, but that Rick Ross mess is the sort of song that could lead a boy or young man to prison and could leave girls and women with years of trauma.

  • kc

    Kudos to them. The “it’s just entertainment excuse” is beyond tired. The people who support these artists should question why they are “entertained” by violent imagery and the denigration of women.

  • Treece

    Love the fact that this station made the decision to take a stand. I congratulate them for thier courage despite the backlash they may receive and I definitely think this is a step in the right direction. BUT, this is not the only example of rape or “taking freedom of speech too far” in current/popular rap music. It is difficult to thumb through all songs by other artists and find all the questionable and offensive lyrics making reference to rape and other such attrocities. But I wonder if they will be hypocrites about this issue, or make it a point to listen to all the lyrics of the music they decide to play before exposing it to the masses (especially children). Time will tell.

  • T

    I’m curious: are they removing ALL songs that have a Rick Ross/ Lil Wayne guest appearance as well?

  • TajMarie

    Thanks for the link. I have just signed and have forward to all of my other Facebook friends to sign. Enough is enough. Hopefully, this is one sign of the beginning of the end of the misogyny in today’s rap music. Now, let’s start boycotting their ignorance to be broadcasted on award shows and syndicated television shows and drive their foolishness to the underground where it belongs.

  • sapphiresandsisters

    Best news I’ve heard concerning these two cats in years.
    I’m happy that radio is taking a stand, for the first time in a long time.

  • The Other Jess

    YES! I hope this is a Black-oriented station. And hopefully, they pull ALL of Ross’, Wayne’s music from it’s rotation, and others like them.

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  • J. Gail (@Author_JGail)

    Amen. Ya’ll keep that up and I just might turn on the radio again one day!

  • J. Gail (@Author_JGail)

    There is a little secret that the music industry doesn’t want anyone to know… Rap is dead. It isn’t making them the $$ they require anymore and a lot of consumers are just into other stuff. The machine won’t be backing it for much longer.

  • J. Gail (@Author_JGail)

    Unfortunately, the rap youth, ages 10-20, don’t always have the guidance, understanding and proper frame of mind they need to distinguish the rap world from the real world. If you don’t believe me, check out Black Twitter.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    There are other avenues available for one to listen to music.

  • seritatheresa

    I love NIN

  • noir45

    I haven’t read all the comments, so forgive me if I’m repeating someone else’s comment.

    Remember C. Delores Tucker. She warned us of these days. Everyone ridiculed this woman, and the rappers were out for blood.

    Now, the radio stations have finally taken a stand. I haven’t listened to the radio in years (except for talk radio) because of the absolute garbage being played over the airwaves.

    I’m glad radio is waking up. We gotta take out the trash.

  • GlowBelle

    About damn time! It’s just a bit sad that it’s taken THIS long as rappers have been degrading women and disrespectful to their history and culture for decades. I just really want to see this happen not just at one radio station but that others will follow suit and then have these rappers album sales go down. That people just stop buying into the rap game as a whole. Though we can’t witch hunt every rapper and their lyrics, it’s just gotten to the point where it’s becoming TOO much of a bad thing that it’s gotten out of control to where freedom of speech and art has been abused. Rap used to be an art, an art of words that meant something thought-provoking, and I’m glad this radio station finally said that enough is enough.

  • honeybeemee

    Take them OUT OF ROTATION…They are a disgrace to women and our people….

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  • BloominLotus

    I’m happy that this radio station has decided to take a stand. Hopefully, more people, businesses, and stations will follow.

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  • ScriptTease

    While they at it… they need to pull some “light skin is the right skin” type of lyrics too. Things to keep black folks bickering and hating on each other.

  • Posh88

    I can’t stand when people say it’s only entertainment how barbaric is an individual to be “entertained” by such degrading nonsense? What pleasure does an individual get out of “just listening” to it. I stopped listening to these artists long ago when I realized they hated themselves and didn’t mind contributing to the downfall of their own culture. Their whole “light is right, screw her in and out, drugs all day everyday” mentality is disgusting and I’m disappointed that the gift of lyrical ability was wasted on such self-hating, wreckless individuals!

  • The Comment

    so true. Walking 10 miles in the snow should be the minimum requirement to find ignent music.

  • The Comment

    @ A Diva State of Mind..

    Thanks for the link as well. Clutch should have a ticker at the top of the screen just for petitions to sign. It is more than enough stupid chit going on to justify having one.

  • The Comment

    @ J. Gail & @ B. Real

    very valid points…..

  • The Comment

    Yes…I remember that like it was yesterday. Elderly black men and women stomping on CD’s. I think it is on YouTube MTV news ’90s rap protest’.

    I was 18. However…that was the golden era of Rap. You at least had a variety of rappers. The scene was not dominated by two groups or artist. Geto boys were from the SouthWest but you understood every word they said. And they told great stories. Tribe Called Quest was finally gaining respect while Ice Cube was telling us all to stay true to the game.

    But C. Delores Tucker has foresight. She really was trying to nip all this garbage in the bud.

  • The Comment

    Go to their FB page and Like 103.7 The Beat WUVS-LP. Leave a comment.

  • The Comment

    I used to cringe and wonder how in the hell people could gather around for a public hanging… I understand.

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  • Devin

    Yes. I think more radio stations should follow suit to send a message to these artist who think they can say whatever they want and we’ll all just have to take it. If those record sells drop, they’ll see that they don’t control what we listen to… WE DO! We have to make a stand! We want “pure music”, not this garbage they’re feeding us!

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  • Ernest Thomas

    When more stations stand up to this kind of garbage that degrades Black Women and all African Americans, some of the horrible things that are being perpertrated on the black communities will cease. But you know it is up to us what we allow to enter into our personal space, so Don’t buy that CD, turn that station off. Good job 103.7

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  • ps219qMichele

    Rap has been dead for a while now; or, rather, on life support. The same thing happened to rock in the 80s, when musicians had to get more and more outrageous with violent, sexist and death-worshipping imagery to hold on to the lowest common denominator of fans. Grunge, and, yes, rap, put nails in that coffin. We’ve now reached the point where there are only so many videos featuring slutty women, spinning rims and guys with gold teeth holding up dollar bills that people want to watch. It’s gotten boring, the way song like “Love in an Elevator” and “Hot for Teacher” got boring. None of this stuff is relevant to anybody whose life is going anywhere.

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