Rick Ross has caught a significant amount of heat for his lyric on Rocko‘s “U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain’t even Know It),” where he raps, “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and enjoy that, she ain’t even know it.”
The track inspired a radio station to ban Ross, and a petition asking the rapper to apologize.
In an attempt to save face, Ross attempted to explain the rhyme on the Q 93.3 radio show.
“I want to make sure this is clear,” said Rozay. “Woman is the most precious gift known to man, you understand? It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the word rape in my records.”
Ross assured that no one in the Maybach Music Group camp was a supporter of rape. “And as far as my camp, Hip Hop don’t condone that, streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that, you understand me? I just wanted to reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me about the misunderstanding. We don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”
Watch the interview below:
UPDATE: In the last week, Rick Ross has continued to face criticism for his “U.O.E.N.O.” lyrics, from protest groups threatening his Reebok sponsorship, along with Rap peer Talib Kweli. Today (April 4), Ross publicly again apologized. The Maybach Music Group founder stated that he doesn’t “condone rape.” He apologized, using hashtags, for “the lyric interpreted as rape.”
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