News: Rick Ross Addresses Date Rape Lyrics: "I Just Wanted To Reach Out To All My Queens" [Video]

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 10:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Maybach Music Group's Rick Ross has stepped forward to clear the air on some lyrics from his new "She Ain't Even Know It" track and said the public has misunderstood the lines.

While he did not apologize, Ricky Rozay said rape is something no one condones in his camp and in hip-hop as a whole.

"I want to make sure this is clear," Ross said in an interview. "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. 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." (Q 93.3)

Coincidentally, Ebony writer Jamilah Lemieux penned an open post predicting Ross would come forward and address the lines.

"What's so scary about Ross' line is that this is something that a good number of men and boys actually do. Maybe a rap lyric won't inspire an impressionable young dude to go and try to flip a couple keys, but normalizing this sort of rape? I see it. I see it and it scares me. Because he's tied to a major label and because the rape reference was so blatant, it's likely that Ross will issue some sort of apology or come forward to say that it was just a joke -- "Don't really go out and do that now, y'all!" To that, I'd say ... the title of his last studio album was God Forgives, I Don't and, well, that's one thing I have in common with the ex-cop. Not unless he commits himself to actively working to change his tune, and if that happened, he probably wouldn't be signed to anyone's major label anymore. So while this sister is praying for him and urging him to be some positive person that I've never observed him to be during his rap career, I just hope he goes away and fast." (Ebony)

Huffington Post writer Rosa Clemente shared a similar stance in her write-up.

"This lyric is obviously promoting rape. Not just date rape, but rape and rape culture and violence against women. We live in a society by the time that African American women and Latina women are 18, almost half of them -- 44 percent -- have been sexually abused." (Huffington Post)

There is reportedly an online petition going around over the lyrics.

In the petition "Rick Ross, Rocko, Maybach Music, and A1 Recordings: Remove 'You Ain't Even Know It' from distribution & publicly denounce rape," which was created by Brittany Packnett, demands are being made for Ross and his collaborator Rocko to pull the song from airwaves while attempting to hold hip-hop music accountable for its content. "We demand that Rick Ross, Rocko, Maybach Music Group, and A1 Recordings pull and publicly denounce the song 'You Ain't Even Know It' for its blatant and unapologetic glorification of the drugging and rape of women," the petition states. "Hip Hop music was created to give a voice to the voiceless. Given this history, these labels and their artists should take more seriously their responsibility to lead by example." (Christian Post)

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