Houston rapper Slim Thug has stepped forward to speak up for Rick Ross in light of news about him losing an endorsement deal with mega sneaker retailer Reebok sprouted online this week.
Slim hopped onto his Twitter page and blasted Reebok and protestors alike for painting the “Boss” in a bad light.
“Damn haters won RT @TMZ: #Breaking Reebook Gives Rick Ross The Boot http://tmz.me/10RJbY2,” Thug tweeted April 11th.
“So why they don’t protest Eminem for all that crazy sh*t he be saying???”
“And I know they ain’t listening to UOENO so why they give a f*ck http://instagram.com/p/X-l8Dvv6ea/”
“And I never seen a b*tch pass out on a Molly they stay up all night so how is that rape? U.O.E.N.O”
“I bet them ppl protesting dnt even buy Reebox freedom of speech if u dnt like it dnt listen to it”
“Every b*tch I been with on Molly try to rape me and after that they up all night after I pass out”
“Ok idk but its still some bullsh*t RT @Pushermania: @slimthugga Eminem has been protested about 100 times”
“And I guess ppl put rape over murder cause ppl can talk about killing n*ggas all day that’s cool but u put a b*tch on Molly”
“They ain’t care about all the dope he was rapping bout selling when they signed him but now they tripping after all that promo”
“All I’m saying is its a rap song and he didn’t say he bout to rape a b*tch so he shouldn’t have lost a deal over it” (Slim Thug’s Twitter)
Yesterday, Reebok issued an official statement on parting ways with Ricky Rozay.
Athletic goods retailer Reebok on Thursday terminated its relationship with rapper Rick Ross, whose song featuring lyrics that seem to boast about drugging and raping a woman has caused an uproar. “While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse,” Reebok, a subsidiary of Germany company Adidas, said in a statement. “At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross,” it said. Ross had an endorsement deal with the company and promoted its shoes in print and TV commercials. (Reuters)
Much like Slim’s argument, Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill asked why hip-hop artists like Eminem and Notorious B.I.G. were not slammed for rape lyrics in the past.
“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)
Despite the support, Ross issued a public apology shortly before a protest outside of a New York Reebok store against him went down last week.
“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)