‘We Refuse To Be Part Of The Problem:’ Michigan Radio Station Pulls Rick Ross and Lil Wayne Songs From Its Rotation
Within the past two months, both Lil Wayne and Rick Ross have found themselves in hot water over troubling rap lyrics. The first offense came from Wayne after he compared sexual acts to be performed on a woman’s body to the heinous murder of Emmett Till in song, “Karate Chop.” This week Rick Ross in under fire after being featured on a new song with Rocko entitled, “You Don’t Even Know,” where he raps about having his way with a woman after slipping a molly in her drink.
“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,” he says in the song.
Many have expressed their disappoval and outrage since the song’s release and now one Michigan radio station is taking a stand against rappers and their out of control lyrics. 103.7 The Beat announced today that they would be pulling both Rick Ross and Lil Wayne’s music from their rotation because they refused to be a contributing factor to the growing problem of offensive rap lyrics and their negative impact on our country. Their statement reads:
“Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many. The family and estate of Emmett Till have released a statement of disapproval over Lil Wayne’s disregard and disrespectful lyrics. Though his record label issued a statement of apology, the rapper has yet to do so.
In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States alone. That is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. His lyrics not only condone the behavior, but he boasts about it in the song. While some feel it’s only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message.
Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we. Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVSlp 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation. We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.”
The Miami rapper has since come forward in an interview with Q93.3, offering an explanation for the lyrics, expressing that he does not condone rape.
“It’s certain things you can’t tweet. There’s certain things where you want people to hear your voice. I wanna make sure this is clear, a woman is the most precious gift known to man. It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation. The term ‘rape’ wasn’t used. I would never use the term ‘rape’ in my records. Hip hop don’t condone that. The streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. So I just wanted to reach out to all the queens that’s on my timeline, all the s*xy 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,” he said.
What do you think of the 103.7’s decision to pull Wayne and Rick Ross’s music out of the rotation? What are your thoughts on Rick’s explanation?
Turn the page for footage of Ross explaining the lyrics (beginning around the 4:40 mark).