“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” has been one of the most recited lyrics in the past few weeks. With radio stations receiving pressure from journalist, activists and concerned Hip Hop fans, Rick Ross’ line on Rocko’s ‘U.O.E.N.O’ has been under tremendous scrutiny. Many women in Hip Hop have been publishing blogs online discussing their disgust with Rick Ross’ rape drug reference. While few radio stations have dropped Rick Ross from their playlists after Rick Ross has publicly apologized for his date rape lyrics, will this be yet another PR nightmare for Rick Ross’ camp? Unfortunately not.
In true Hip Hop fashion, this will be forgotten and a bigger issue will be swept under the rug. While many are surprised and disgusted with Rick Ross, this is far from shocking. In a culture that has been black faced, dressed to tap dance for the dollars and recite lyrics degrading women and drug usage, it really was just a matter of time before the lyrics got this obvious. For years artists have boasted about using drugs and alcohol to lure women in for sex. Many artists may not have been as blatant as Rick Ross on ‘U.O.E.N.O’ but grey area does not make rape subject matter acceptable. As a youth I heard many records with some of my favorite artists referencing drug usage and sexual activity to what at the time slipped through the ears of many.
I commend all of the journalist having the courage to share their personal experiences and addressing rape as unacceptable in our culture even if “it’s just a song lyric.” In a matter of a few weeks mainstream Hip Hop artists have dealt with a ‘possible’ drug overdose and being reprimanded for lyrics promoting rape. Through the power of social media, these issues have been brought to a wider Hip Hop audience and now it is our duty to address them. Are we going to hold all artists to the same degree of Rick Ross? Are we going to forget this by the time his new club smash drops? How much longer are we going to act like drugs aren’t a problem in Hip Hop? Are our women protected? Are they even respected? You don’t hear me doe. -wn?