Talib Kweli Slams Rick Ross Over "U.O.E.N.O." Lyrics

Kweli says Ross intended to promote rape.

Posted: 04/02/2013 02:45 PM EDT
Talib Kweli, Rick Ross

Rick Ross has denied that his controversial lyrics on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O.” promote date rape, but don't expect Talib Kweli to let him off the hook that easy.

During a discussion with Marc Lamont Hill for HuffPost Live, Kweli called out the Maybach Music leader for not being old enough to know better. "I don't care if Rick Ross is 40 years old, he's a misguided 40-year-old person," he said.

(Not that his age gives him a pass, but Ross is actually 37.)

Although he's not against it, Kweli doesn't believe that scolding Ross will bring about change in the area of lyrical responsibility. With examples from Ross and Lil Wayne's Emmett Till line on Future's "Karate Chop," the Brooklyn MC provided an alternate tactic in handling the issue. "We have to embrace them with love."

On the song in question Ross rhymes: "Put Molly in her champagne/She ain't even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain't even know it." Though the context is pretty clear, Ross alleges to have been misunderstood, a notion which Kweli refuses to believe. "Everything everyone's saying about that line is correct. Rick Ross condoned rape in that song, and he shouldn't, and he should apologize. His apology that he offered was unacceptable. A part of his apology that he offered dodged the issue and leads us to believe that either he's naive, or he's just stupid."

For now, Ross is good with giving one "apology," which only came after the lyrics were met with a firestorm of backlash. Some took their outrage a step further, signing a petition calling for him to further apologize, while a Michigan radio station pulled the song from its playlist.

 

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