Rick Ross better tread lightly. A firestorm of criticism has been hurled Rozay’s way because of lyrics that condone date r@ping a woman. The MMG rapper apologized today via Twitter, while also promoting new music shortly thereafter.
There have been calls to boycott Ross’ music because of the verse he drops on Rocko’s single “U.N.E.N.O.” “Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t e’en know it/ I took her home and enjoyed that/ She ain’t e’en know it,” raps Ross on the song.
The tune dropped back in February, but people started taking note of the suspect lyrics a couple of weeks ago when a radio station in Detroit banned the Miami’s rapper’s songs, as well as Lil Wayne’s, in protest. Rozay offered a quasi-apology last week, but it only seemed to fan the flames of the controversy. Today, the topic was even discussed on ABC’s The View, a hint that the protests, such as the women’s rights group UltraViolet demanding that Reebok drop Rick Ross as a spokesman, are gaining traction and mainstream recognition. Shortly thereafter, Ross took to Twitter to apologize again.
“I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS,” he tweeted. About an hour later he added, “Apologies to my many business partners,who would never promote violence against women. @ReebokClassics @ultraviolet.”
But the kicker came about 1o minutes after the last tweet. “Drop’n something new today. #Mastermind,” he tweeted, referring to his forthcoming album, Mastermind, due out later this year.
If Rozay sent out all those tweets himself, he needs to work on his timing. So far, one of the only rappers of note to go on the record to criticize Ross’ lyric has been Talib Kweli. “I don’t care if Rick Ross is 40 years old; he’s a misguided 40-year-old person,” said Kweli.
Check out Rozay’s set of tweets in the gallery. Let us know what you think of his latest apology in the comments.