What do you do when your buzzing underground single gets derailed by a rape-lyric controversy? Well if you’re Rocko you record five different remixes, featuring a number of different rappers and release one a week.
Rocko grabbed Wiz Khalifa and dropped the first of his “U.O.E.N.O” remixes on Thursday (April 11). The original featured Rick Ross and Future on the hook, but after a controversial Rozay lyric led to public outcry and protest, Rocko decided to switch things up. The beat and the Future-laced hook is the same, but what’s absent are molly drug references or lyrics that that can be construed as rape. Wiz offers a dark departure from his usual fun-loving demeanor.
“We got a lot of n—as, if you see me, got a problem/ run up on me like you want it, guaranteed we gonna solve ‘em/ Have ‘em thinking someone shot ‘em, hit ‘em with a bottle/ I’ma let a n—a have it, started from the bottom,” he raps with a sped-up flow.
The first version of “U.O.E.N.O” was released in February as a part of Rocko’s Gift of Gab 2 mixtape. In March, critics began denouncing Rick Ross’ performance on the record. “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 in sex.
Rozay was quickly blasted for what many believed to be the promotion of rape and has been facing criticism ever since. Though the rapper has since apologized for the lyric, he has continued to meet opposition.
Rock called into New York’s Hot 97 on Tuesday to address the issue. The Atlanta-based rapper and executive said that he had already secured verses from six different rappers , teasing that some were multiplatinum and others were Grammy award-winning. It has been reported that Kanye West will eventually appear on the track, but that remains to be seen. “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 of the coming remixes.
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