Last week a radio station pulled the plug on all Rick Ross and Lil’ Wayne music in response to the artists’ vulgar and offensive lyrics about sexual assault and Emmit Till. Then a petition on Change.org demanded that Rick apologize has started garnering signatures. Now, fellow rapper Talib Kweli has spoken out against Rick Ross’ derogatory lyrics.
“I don’t care if Rick Ross is 40 years old — he’s a misguided 40-year-old person.”
Strong words from Talib Kweli Monday as he addressed the recent controversy over Rick Ross’ rap verse on the song “U.O.E.N.O.,” in a HuffPost Live segment hosted by Marc Lamont Hill.
While Ross seems to have chalked the controversy surrounding his lyrics up to some unspecified “misunderstanding,” many are not buying his explanation.
“Rick Ross condoned rape in that song … and he should apologize, and his apology that he offered was unacceptable.” Kweli continued.
Ebony Magazine’s News & Life Editor Jamilah Lemieux, Washington Post columnist Rahiel Tesfamariam and activist Rosa Clemente, also participated in the segment discussing not only Ross’ lyric, but also the importance of holding hip-hop artists and American communities accountable for not proactively rejecting rape culture or adequately addressing the prevalence of violence against women.
“A lot of what we criticize about hip-hop, we tend to make it black specific, or ghetto specific, or male specific. It’s just an American problem. So you have white men, you have white male politicians who have said things that are very similar to what Rick Ross said,” Lemieux commented.
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