Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill is the latest hip-hop artist to speak up for Rick Ross after he received ample amounts of heat over perceived date rape lyrics on the analyzed “U.E.O.N.O” record these past few weeks.
In Meek’s perspective, too many people have access to social networking sites these days and fail to realize some of hip-hop’s biggest stars have made references to rape in their music.
I don’t even care about nobody criticizing no lyrics. People rap about killing stuff all day. Biggie said, “Rape your kid, throw her over the bridge” back then, it was nothing, it was just hip-hop. Now you got all these weirdos on these social sites voicing their opinion about something anybody say. I don’t care, you know what I’m saying? I’m from the hood. I never really cared about what nobody say in no rap. Rap’s always been talking about killing, drugs, all types of stuff. You know what I’m saying? So you can’t just criticize no one thing nobody say. It’s imaginary visual. If a writer write about somebody getting raped in a movie, that mean he a rapist or he want girls to get raped? No, he just wrote about that in a movie. [Eminem talked about] you can kill your mom, kill your baby mom, rape her, tie her up. … It’s just different now. People can voice their opinion on a social site and become popular and people are turning it into any thing. Me? I don’t care about that. You can say whatever you want. I take care of my family, I’m getting money, I’m living my life and I’m being me.” (Urban Informer)
Cash Money/We The Best rapper Ace Hood recently defended Ross’ lyrics.
Ross ain’t that type of guy,” Ace said in an interview. “You know what I mean? I’ve known Ross since I jumped in this music industry, he ain’t mean it in no way that would be degrading to women or anything like that aura. [Why did he say it?] What they saying he said, he didn’t say. You know what I’m saying, what they’re saying. Bottle and champagne, something like that.” (“Jenny Boom Boom”)
Last week, Ross issued a public apology shortly before a protest outside of a New York Reebok store against him went down.
“I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS,” Ross tweeted April 4th.
“Apologies to my many business partners,who would never promote violence against women. @ReebokClassics @ultraviolet” (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
Unlike Meek and Ace, New York rapper Talib Kweli shared a different take on the controversy a few days ago.
“The blogs have been getting on me saying I’ve got opinions about Ross or opinions about Lil Wayne and stuff and I’m like, ‘Yo, I’ve got opinions just like the next man.’ You know? But I’m glad through social media you can get it straight from the horse’s mouth. You can go on my Twitter and find out what I really think as opposed to trusting what a blog might have to say about me. But I’ve got my opinions just like anybody else in hip-hop and I’m not no authority on Rick Ross or Lil Wayne or anybody else. I’m not no authority. I don’t make no demands. I don’t have no power over these men. But, you know, I state my opinion just like anybody else. That opinion is, look, all these artists that have lyrics that offend people, especially Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, I’m a fan of both of these men. I know both of these men. I’m friendly with both of these men. … I someone says something I don’t agree with, I don’t have any problem with saying it’s wrong.” (Hot 97)
Check out Meek Mill’s interview: