Rapper Rick Ross Addresses “U.O.E.N.O.” Lyrics Controversy
Rick Ross ignited a storm of controversy last week because of his lyrics in a song titled “U.O.E.N.O.” The Maybach Music Group CEO collaborated with Atlanta rapper Rocko for the single, in which he talks about slipping an unsuspecting female a molly (a nickname for the purest form of MDMA – the main ingredient in ecstasy), and having his way with her. “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,” raps Rick.
The song’s lyrics have attracted widespread criticism and severe backlash, with several petitions in protest of the track being launched. One in particular on Change.org demands “U.O.E.N.O.” be pulled from radio and a public apology from the Miami based rapper.
Feeling the heat brought on by his ill choice of lyrics, Rick was forced to address the controversy during an interview on New Orleans radio station Q93.3 on Wednesday night. Describing the situation as a “misunderstanding with a lyric”, the 37-year-old former correctional officer told the station’s viewers, “I would never use the term ‘rape’ in my records and as far as my camp. Hip-hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that, nobody condones that.” He added, “So I just wanted to reach out to all my queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding: We don’t condone rape, and I’m not with that.”
Yes, nothing makes a woman feel sexier than talk of slipping her a molly and taking advantage of her.
Despite his mea culpa, the damage may have already been done. Many have vowed to no longer support Rick’s career, while WUVS-103.7 in Muskegon, Michigan has announced their decision to stop playing his music on their station.