Kinda sad that i haven’t heard more rappers speak out against [Rick Ross]. No disappointed, as that reflect an expectation. Just sad. I hope that [Rick Ross] acknowledges what happened and takes this seriously. His words matter. We cannot continue to normalize rape. It’s problematic for us to get mad at Ashley Judd for saying hip-hop has a rape culture, then sit silently as Ross slips Mollys in drinks. The biggest flaw in Ashley Judd’s argument was that she acted as if rape culture was exclusively hip-hop thing, as opposed to our society. If we are outraged when hip-hop gets critiques from the “outside” but don’t police it from the “inside” then we are guilty too.
Yes, we can point to other genres of music that are problematic. But why is that argument relevant? No one is arguing that hip-hop is alone. Rick Ross made a song where he says he’s gonna rape someone. How is this even a debate? It doesn’t matter whether or not Rick Ross “MEANT IT.” It matters that one of the most popular artists in our community is endorsing rape…
Here’s the one problem: Rick Ross never actually explains what he meant to say. Even worse than Rick Ross’ “explanation” was the interviewer’s failure to actually ask a tough question. I need for Rick Ross to explain how “put a molly in her champagne / she ain’t even know it,” was misunderstood… #igottime
Rick Ross DID say that he doesn’t condone rape. I don’t doubt that. But he should’ve acknowledged that his LYRICS DO. And apologize. The problem is Rick Ross lives in a delusional world where he’s NOT a former correctional officer and his rapey lyrics aren’t about rape."