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What’s worse than writing lyrics that normalize rape in a mediocre rap song? Trying to excuse them. Rick Ross ignited a firestorm when he rapped “Put a molly in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it” on his song with Rocko and Future, “You Don’t Even Know.” After he was bombarded with tweets lambasting the lyrics, he went on Q 93.3 radio station in New Orleans to offer this explanation:

I wanted to come down to the radio station. There is certain things you can’t tweet, you have to verbalize. I want to make sure this is clear, that woman is the most precious gift known to man, you understand? It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape. As far as my camp, hip hop don’t condone that. The streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. So I wanted to reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding. We don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.

If Ross thinks we’re slow enough to believe his lyrics weren’t about date rape because he didn’t use the term “rape,” well…that’s an insult unto itself. What do you call the act of slipping a drug in an unsuspecting woman’s drink and then, “enjoying her” while she is unconscious if not rape?

Word games like this enable so many men to claim there’s a gray area for rape depending on the victim’s sobriety, attire, relationship with her attacker, sexual history and so on. It’s what propels people to put rape into categories like “legitimate rape” (ahem, Todd Akin). Rape is rape whether the attacker is a stranger hiding in the bushes or a rapper at a club slipping drugs into women’s drinks.

Rick Ross’ explanation is most likely the result of pressure from the label to mollify the situation after a radio station has announced they won’t play his music, petitions have been drafted and signed, and women and men everywhere are demanding rappers be more responsible when crafting lyrics.

It’s not enough for Ross to call women “precious” and “Queens” after suggesting that it’s okay for our precious, regal bodies to be used and exploited without our knowledge or consent. But if he is willing to genuinely apologize, he should start by taking responsibility for just how damaging and egregious his lyrics are instead of trying to sidestep the backlash by playing with semantics.

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  • mEE

    ugh. just go away.

  • TajMarie

    ” I would never use the term rape.”

    .. But you all use the terms, B**ches and H*s.

    “The streets don’t condone that.”

    How would you know that when your whole persona is made up?

  • seritatheresa

    AMEN!!!!

  • Scarlett

    Man, this trifling, fat fcuk really has a lot of gotdamn nerve…He really thinks that women are stupid enough to fall for this simple ass non-explanation?!? It truly is insult to injury. I have never liked or supported him, nor will I ever. Hopefully others will follow suit, not only with him, but with all the other ignorant, misogynistic rappers that are spewing their hate and violence on every song. Enough is enough!! Mainstream rap has long dissolved into something I had to stop listening to and supporting years ago…smdh.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    “I would never use the term rape.”

    Damn. I am convinced now that there many who do not understand what rape is. The boys who were convicted in the Steubenville case also didn’t understand what rape is, they thought it meant only a violent assault. Teaching men and boys all the angles of what rape is a start.

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole of UrbanExpressive

    Exactly! And for him to say that “woman is the most precious gift known to man”, when all he does is disrespect them in his songs is pure foolishness!

    But you notice he says “queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding”, he’s only referring to his fans. The women who probably weren’t even all that outraged in the begining. Not us who see through the bull sh*t.

  • Joan

    But that wasn’t even a word game. He clearly said he slipped something in her drink and did what he wanted (which whatever it was, he had to drug her in order to do it) and she didn’t even know. That is mighty bold to put that in a song…shows just how ingrained rape culture is. Maybe he should slip something in all our drinks the next time he tries to explain his lyrics.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    Oooooh, I see! So rapping about drugging a woman’s drink and taking her out-cold body home for fun-times is NOT referring to rape because you didn’t use the WORD ‘rape’! I get it now!*

    *You CANNOT be serious.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    You know I thought for a split second after reading his explanation maybe he does not know that doing something like what is described in that song, is in fact rape.

  • Sylvie

    “If Ross thinks we’re slow enough to believe his lyrics weren’t about date rape because he didn’t use the term “rape,” well…that’s an insult unto itself”

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    This is rape culture in a nutshell.

    I wish he and others like him would just roll away.

  • http://www.nyctalking.com ARodomus

    How about we focus on what it means that men and women alike are probably in the club shaking their booties to this song? If people don’t support and make it successful, it will die. Support artists that promote real change, that bring forward positive messages. Case in point, have you heard any of my music? Of course not, cause that’s not what the labels and the people demand. But when you do, we are here, ready to give it to you.. LOL..

  • Dalili

    “It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape. ”

    Talk about over stating the obvious! He didn’t explain those lyrics at all. What he reiterated was that he was ok with slipping mollys to “queens’” and “sexy ladies” and that he wouldn’t use the term rape because “the streets don’t condone that.” Utter nonsense really!.

  • mEE

    y’kno the same thought crossed my mind.
    you don’t think it’s rape because you didn’t say the word “rape”. and you probably think if you’re out with a girl and drinking and you’re both doing drugs (even though you admitted you DRUGGED her) and then you have sex with her while she’s unconscious, that isn’t rape either. and you probably also think because she gave consent in a previous situation, then you have it in all future situations.
    …and unfortunately there are thousands of young people that feel the same way.

  • CECE

    I need Rick Ross to have a seat. In the song the lady was raped, point blank.

  • Jasmin

    Okaaaay so what did the lyrics mean Ross? There was no explanation. Just you saying that you don’t condone rape. But I need to know what you were referring to because it sounds like drugged and forced your large body on a Precious Queen. I don’t appreciate these entertainers trying to play people for fools. With pathetic apologies. But I guess it works because there so many fools that eat the shit they serve.

  • Treece

    **sniff sniff** **sniff sniff** What’s that I smell?……… BULLSHIT!!

    The nerve of this negro to take intelligent people for idiots and announce this patronizing bunch of malarkey. Good day sir.

  • P

    See, people need to think about what they say BEFORE they open their mouths. It is even more apparent that you’re trying to save record sales or don’t want a bad reputation.

    All of sudden you’re so careful in your word choice to express your love for women: queens, sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies. What better choice of words to show your love for women? I just think if you really cared about the issue of rape, the original lyric wouldn’t have been spoken in the first place. Rick Ross may seem well. Your actions have to correspond more with your words. This far from a misinterpretation in my opinion.

  • p

    Exactly!

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole of UrbanExpressive

    So now he thinks women are the most precious gift to man? That’s funny because his previous songs treated them as if they’re only here for sexual gratification. Guess those were misunderstandings also huh? Silly me.

    “I wanted to reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding”

    Oh so clearly he’s only explaining this to his female fans & followers; women who most likely didn’t bat an eyelash to what he said in the first place. The one’s who are silly enough to buy his reasoning, and probably was quoting the lyric in the 1st place. He’s not reaching out to the ones who don’t buy this bs excuse.

  • dee

    “I would never use the term rape”

    Okay let’s not use the term rape, lets just describe in detail how we’re going to get this woman in bed without her consent.

    I really can’t follow his logic with this one, probably because there is none.

  • seritatheresa

    The funniest thing about all of this is that Molly doesn’t make you sleepy. You could take a shot of Remy, smoke a blunt with a friend, and pop a Molly and all you will want to do is dance (even to the theme of Wheel of Fortune). That speaks to the extent of this “artist’s” knowledge.

  • jcross

    *Eye-roll* He’s not sorry, just sorry he was called out. I also hate the defense mechanism of ‘complimenting’ people that were insulted/ wronged in some way. So-called ‘ugly women’ and ‘whores’ are as equally deserving of respect as ‘queens’ and ‘beautiful ladies’.

  • Mademoiselle

    Thank you Tonton. This is exactly what I thought when I read his comments, and I immediately became that much more scared. To think that women are being violated because these men and boys don’t even KNOW right from wrong, and that many more men and boys suffer from the same harmful ignorance TERRIFIES ME.

  • Kylieky

    What disturbs me is that these rappers will always say something in total contradiction to the meanings behind the lyrics they defend.

    If you feel like women are precious then how come you have never expressed that in your music? How can I believe that statement when your music portrays a totally different mindset? If music is art and art is an expression of what you feel in your heart of hearts, then why does your explanation conflict with your lyrics?

  • Mademoiselle

    What’s more disturbing is he’ll probably go the Snoop Dogg route and release a “love song” like Sensual Seduction, or maybe go all the way left like R. Kelly and put out some “gospel” like “Heaven I Need a Hug” to make up for all the filth in his previous albums.

  • shoSTOPPER

    he’s lying

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    um, WE control HIS income….

  • MamaB.

    He needs to take a whole bench (perhaps two even) on this one.
    Also: he’s gross.

  • I got sense!

    I don’t. I have never purchased anything he or lil Wayne have made and I never will.

  • dmac

    Not really. Misogynist music has always flourished in spite of those of us who call it out, we just get called “sensitive.” But his income isn’t the problem here, it’s the widespread attitude these lyrics represent.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    WE can shut HIM down!

  • Shirl

    I’d like to know how many times in his music Ross has referred to “the most precious gift known to man” as a bitch or a hoe…He woulda been better off just apologizing and promising to never ever be seen again in public without a shirt on…buttoned to the collar.

  • Dave

    Might have something to do with the drug he referenced. Molly (pure ex) is not necessarily viewed as a “roofy.” The chick in the song who he took home and “enjoyed” wouldn’t have been unconscious. She would have been extremely high and sexual. That’s probably where his misunderstanding is coming from. Still very much a date rape though.

  • Keshia

    You would never say rape, yet you talked about committing rape….brotha bye.

  • JustSayin

    It’s a strange world we live in when people brag about their knowledge of illegal drugs. Stay classy.

  • Tara

    It’s about time, these rappers are hurting the black race more than helping, for sure….

  • mEE

    thanks for the info Dave. so because she’s awake, alert, and actually aroused (even though he forced her into that state), he can say she wanted it. and all the witnesses would say, “no she was definitely awake and was being very sexual”.
    wow. that is extremely scary.

  • http://nerdstradamas.wordpress.com nerdstradamas

    I have come to the conclusion that musical entertainers such as Officer Ricky are A-holes!!!! Especially rap artists who play the same card, pretending like we the public are so detached from hip hop and hip hop culture that we constantly “misinterpret” or misunderstand the lyrics and the culture.

    This is bull!!!

    I know Hip Hop is a signifying art with double meanings, but the public is in no way slow enough to misinterpret that lyric. It’s plain enough and can be taken for face value. Its not Shakespeare, and its not that complicated to understand. Officer Ricky was flaunting the act of date rape.

    Also, if you are SERIOUSLY appealing to women, why is “sexiness” even apart of your apology or statement? Are you seriously attempting to clear the air, or are you doing a call and response at the club? *in my Fat Man Scoop Voice* “Where all my sexy precious queens at!!!????” That was so weak and transparent officer Ricky. And then he wants to lie and pretend that rape culture is non-existent in rap…Please!

    The art of rap has devolved. But I am hoping we as consumers are beginning to demand better product, and better radio rotation.

  • Marisa

    This “explanation” is lame just as Ross “explanation” of that whole I’m a dope dealing hardcore gangsta except my background involves being gainfully employed before as a Corrections Officer lol

  • Ads

    Because so much ‘art’ in our culture is no more a true expression than ‘da da da da da im lovin it’. It’s a corporate controlled commodity. And patriarchy feeds capitalism….

  • Tommy Gunn

    Dude is a fraud, with a capital”F”….What will he say when the “GD’s” finally meet officer Icky face 2 face?

  • Donna Tate

    We need to hold the slave masters even more responsible for this crap being able to hit the airwaves… rappers are only servants! !!

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