As criticism builds over Rick Ross’ lyrics that seem to condone rape on Rocko’s recent track “U.O.E.N.O.,” the rapper said in an interview with New Orleans radio station Q93, that the lyrics are misunderstood.
Ross’s contribution to the song is the subject of a Change.org petition calling for Ross and other rappers “to be held accountable for the content of their music.” On the track, Ross refers to a form of the drug Ecstasy known as “molly” when he 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.” But according to Ross: “It was misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term ‘rape’ wasn’t used. And I would never use the term ‘rape’ in my records.”
Ross went on to “reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that had been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding, we don’t condone raping – I’m not with that.”
Referring to the public reaction to the lyrics, Ross said that the outcry can spark debate: “I feel like us being artists, that’s our job to clarify the sensitive things and the things that we know really need to be clarified, such as a situation like this.”
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