Note to rappers: It’s not cool to rap about date rape. For example, Rick Ross is in a heap of trouble after releasing his new single “You Don’t Know” which has a lyric that implies he drugged and raped a woman. It goes, “Put molly [drugs] all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it, I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” No buenos.
Just last month, Lil Wayne found himself under fire when he hopped on the remix to Future’s “Karate Chop” and compared assaulting a woman’s anatomy to the beating of Emmitt Til, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p—y up like Emmett Til.” Epic Records quickly pulled the track and issued an apology to Emmitt Til’s family after receiving backlash.
Michigan radio station, WUVS-LP 103.7 The Beat has decided to go the extra mile and take a stand against both Ross and Wayne by pulling ALL their music from rotation. In a statement released on their site, The Beat says it’s time that hip hop starts taking some responsibility:
“Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many. The family and estate of Emmett Till have released a statement of disapproval over Lil Wayne’s disregard and disrespectful lyrics. Though his record label issued a statement of apology, the rapper has yet to do so. In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States alone. That is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. His lyrics not only condone the behavior, but he boasts about it in the song. While some feel it’s only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message. Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we. Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVS-LP 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation. We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.”
Ross tried to explain the lyrics in a recent interview:
How do you feel about the music station taking a “stand?” Sound off.