New York rhyme slinger A$AP Rocky is the latest hip-hop artist to add his own spin to Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O,” just a week after the Atlanta rapper revealed plans to put out multiple non-Rick Ross versions.
The latest remix features the Harlem emcee and vocals from Rocko’s protégé Future.
The original version of the song became shrouded in controversy due to a lyric contributed by Rick Ross, which was interpreted by many as pro-rape: “Put Molly all in the champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.” Ross has since been dropped from the song, and lost quite a bit of endorsement money in the process. Meanwhile, Rocko has revealed plans for a number of new remixes: the first one featured Wiz Khalifa and Future, and there are also rumors of a version featuring Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. (Consequence of Sound)
The original remix features Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa throwing down his bars.
After all the hoopla over Rocko’s new track “U.O.E.N.O.” which featured the notorious bars by Rick Ross, he takes to the interwebs today with a remix of the infectious track. “U.O.E.N.O.” now finds Rocko linking up with Future and Wiz Khalifa for something a little different, but you can’t lie and say this track doesn’t ride. Driven by some lazy, smokey horns of sorts, this sh*t is too damn smooth to ignore. (Stupid Dope)
This week, Rocko denied killing off Rick Ross from the first version.
“Ross is on the record,” Rocko affirmed. “People like, ‘You took Ross off.’ No, I didn’t take Ross off of it. Ross is on the record. I got multiple versions of the record. If you know what multiple means — I got people that want to get on the record. It’s a good record. If I respect you and I respect your craft, I don’t mind you doing a verse on it. … Ross is going to always be on that record. Whenever I perform that record, Ross’ verse is going to play. … The First Amendment is freedom of speech and you’re entitled to say whatever you want to say as individuals. … That’s how the media tries to do it. … The homie’s always on that song and when you turn on your radio, you may hear his version or you may hear another version. Certain radio might not play that version. But I’m standing on that version. I’m staying on the original and every version I got.” (Shade 45)
Earlier this month, Rocko admitted the pressure of mainstream media made him come up with new, more radio-friendly versions of the record.
“I went in and did the record and it was from my mixtape, I knew it was a good song but I ain’t have a clue that the streets would be so receptive to it. I ‘ain’t’ even know it.’ [laughs] With that being said, the record instantly became a smash over the [NBA] All-Star Weekend and stuff like that and it just became a smash in the streets. With me, I feel like I’m a street artist, I feel the record with Ross, that’ll always be the original record but because of the type of traction that the record has as far as like radio and all over the country — it puts me in a position where I have to change it. Right now, at the present moment, I have six different verses from all types of very talented, multi-faceted artists – witih all respect to the homie Ross, because when I reached out to him about the record, I sent it to him and he sent it right back. You gotta salute that — it’s crazy because it’s a Catch-22, I don’t want to take him off but one thing for certain is it’s set in stone that he’s always going to be on that song. … It doesn’t matter who I put on the song, it’s always going to be the original version of it. It’s not like I can do another verse and say, ‘Okay, this is the original right here.'” (Hot 97)
Check out the latest “U.O.E.N.O” version: