Rick Ross continues to find himself marred in controversy after his performance on Rocko’s underground single “U.O.E.N.O.” Many have charged the Maybach Music boss with condoning rape in his rhymes, but Rozay protégé Meek Mill feels it’s all overblown.
“I don’t even care about nobody criticizing no lyrics. People rap about killing stuff all day,” Meek said in an interview with 93.9 in Washington, D.C.
The way Meek sees it, rappers have been delivering gruesome lyrics for years. He referenced a line from the Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 album cut “What’s Beef?” “Biggie said, ‘Rape ya kid, throw her over the bridge.’ Back then, it was nothing. It was just hip-hop,” he said, paraphrasing the lyric. “Now you got all these weirdos on these social sites voicing their opinion about something anybody say. I don’t care.”
“U.O.E.N.O.” was first released in February as a part of Rock’s Gift of Gab 2 mixtape. The catchy track gained popularity in rap’s underground and even garnered a few radio spins, but it got the most attention in late March after journalist and activist Rosa Clemente denounced Ross’ performance in a YouTube video, accusing Ross of promoting rape.
“Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it,” Rozay rapped, name-dropping the popular party drug that is often said to enhance euphoria and sexuality.
During a radio interview with Q 93.3 in New Orleans, Ross said he doesn’t condone rape and labeled the whole thing a “misunderstanding.”
On April 4, Ultra Violet, a women’s-rights organization, staged a protest in front of Reebok’s flagship store in New York and called for the sneaker giant to terminate its deal with Ross. Facing public pressure, Ross went on to apologize again via Twitter.
Meek argued that the criticism is unfair. “It’s an imaginary visual. If a writer writes about somebody getting raped in a movie, that means he a rapist or he wants girls to get raped? No, he just wrote about that in a movie,” he said in the radio interview.
Rocko also opened up about the issue on New York’s Hot 97. The Atlanta-based rapper and executive said he has already secured verses from six different rappers for the song’s remix. He said he can’t take Ross off the original record, but because of the growing popularity of the song, he has to make a move. “The record with Ross, that will always be the original record, but because of the type of traction that the record has as far as radio and all over the country, it puts me in a position where I have to change it,” he said.