No Half Steppin': Rick Ross & Hip Hop's Double Standard On Offensive Lyrics

R.A. the Rugged Man gives his unfiltered thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding Rick Ross' lyrics on "U.O.E.N.O" and the hypocrisy displayed toward similar rhymes.

I know this whole Rick Ross controversy will be old fucking news in a few days, but HipHopDX wanted me to address some current shit. And I’ve seen so many hypocrites come out of the woodwork over this Rick Ross rhyme that I figured I’d address it. As everyone in the whole fucking world knows by now, Rick Ross recently dropped a verse with the following line:

“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”

The lyric was unquestionably meant to be offensive and you obviously have the right to be offended by it…BUT, I see a lot of hypocrisy coming from the “outraged” fans and public. These same fans of mainstream music love Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem, and Three Six Mafia, who have all rapped, at one time or another, about raping women. None of you ever stopped supporting any of them.

Hip Hop’s Double Standard Towards Rape Lyrics

Notorious B.I.G. is another example. Biggie was my brother, man, I love the guy. But where was the public outcry when he rapped about his man Gutter kidnapping children, fucking them in their asses and throwing them over the bridge? Glorifying child rape and murder? That lyric alone is far more offensive and depraved than any lyric Rick Ross ever uttered. But Biggie was a cash cow at his peak for Puff Daddy and Bad Boy, and after his untimely death the cash piled up even higher. He had mostly positive publicity and hard-working industry folks behind him, and was respected artistically by his peers…so society let it slide.

In Rick Ross’s case, it appeared that he was nearing the end of his commercial reign. Venues cut down on booking him, he had to cancel tours due to gang threats on his life, Maybach Music Group’s sales have gone down, and his street credibility has continued to deteriorate. Since his career looked like it was in decline, he became disposable to the public, so they made an example out of him. These spineless media outlets don’t want to hurt the reputation of anyone who is still benefiting them. So kick the guy while he’s on his way out…but they had ignored anything negative he did while he was generating tons of money for them. Basically Rick Ross said the “wrong rhyme at the right time.” They build you up, and when they’re done with you, they tear you down. Then they eat off the controversy while they’re doing it. That’s the way of the American media.

Lil Wayne rapes women in his music, and he outsells every rapper on the planet and wins dozens of awards. Why weren’t you protesting his multi million dollar Pepsi endorsement? Eminem constantly rapes women in his lyrics (even his own mother), and he wins Academy Awards, Grammys, VMAs, and every other accolade on the planet. Three Six Mafia raps about rape and they get an Academy Award and a reality show. How about the most powerful man in music: Jay-Z? He is loved, respected and worshipped all over the globe. Is that why he’s allowed to rhyme about raping women and children and no one says anything? (Ironically his “Monster” rhyme, “I rape and pillage your village, women and children” was inspired by my flow and rhyme on “Uncommon Valor.” He never acknowledged it publicly, but shout out to Jay, I know you’re watching.) Mr. Carter has a big endorsement deal with Reebok; the same hypocritical company that dropped Ross. The star-studded list of rape rhyming rappers is long. Shit…pound-for-pound I’ve probably said more foul, horrible, horrendous shit than all of those artists combined, so trust me, I’m not judging any of them. And I’m not saying you should like the rhyme, or agree with the foul imagery certain emcees put out there. I’m just saying don’t be “outraged” by Rick Ross and demand corporations take away his endorsements when you have no problem with other rappers saying the same thing. If you celebrated that Reebok took away Rick Ross’s endorsement, then you should also stop supporting Jay-Z, Biggie, Eminem, and Lil Wayne. Otherwise you’re a complete hypocrite.

And the blame doesn’t just extend to the no-brain mainstream followers; I see it in the underground movement as well. I know underground heads that think Rick Ross should be stomped out for what he said, but at the same time rate Big L as one of the GOATs. For some reason, they never had any issues with Big L “raping nuns” in his lyrics or even raping the Lord Jesus Christ himself. I love Big L, but lets be real: some of L’s lyrics make this controversial Rick Ross rhyme look like Walt Disney.

If I was Rick Ross and my whole persona was that of a big badass boss man, I wouldn’t kiss Reebok’s ass the way he did after they canceled his endorsement. I’d tell Reebok to kiss MY ASS and suck my dick on top of that. Those spineless turds at Reebok knew damn well Rick Ross’s music promoted murder, drugs sales, hatred and genocide of the community before they ever signed him to a deal. But they also knew they could make money off him, so they ignored it. As soon as they caught some heat, the slithering serpents back-peddled.

Ludacris & Other Emcee’s Lost Endorsement Deals

And I see a lot of heads campaigned for Reebok to drop Ross. That’s just more hypocrisy. When Bill O'Reilly did the same bullshit and tried to get Pepsi to take away Ludacris's endorsement deal because of misogynistic lyrics, the Hip Hop community crucified him for it, claiming he was a racist white man who hated Hip Hop. That might actually be true…but why is it OK to do the same exact bullshit to Rick Ross? I guess as long as it’s not Bill O’Reilly's cornball ass doing it then it's fine?

What’s next? Censoring people’s paintings and photography and all art? If you don’t consider Rick Ross’s music to be art and you think Rick Ross sucks…fine. But if you censor him then you're no better than book burners in Nazi Germany in the ‘40s. Seriously, censoring something because it offends you? Where does the line stop? Should you ban a movie because there is a rape scene in it? Do you ban Saw because there is gore and torture? If Reebok gave an ultra-violent filmmaker like Quentin Tarantino an endorsement deal, would that be OK? Let me take it back…How come it wasn't okay for Ice T to make a song called “Cop Killer”…but it was fine for Tarantino to put images of cops being mutilated and tortured with their ears cut off in Reservoir Dogs?  

Don’t be a hypocrite. Don’t fall for the double standard. Learn to think for yourself and evaluate the situation before you follow the media’s lead. Before you jump on the bandwagon to take down Rick Ross, take a long look at some of the most offensive lyrics from your own favorite artists. Until then choke on a dick.

R.A. the Rugged Man is an acclaimed Rap veteran whose new album Legends Never Die drops on April 30th. R.A.s been a regular contributor to Vibe, Complex and Mass Appeal magazine as well as landing a book deal with Testify books. R.A. is also the screenwriter and producer of the Cult Film Bad Biology and is working on his directorial debut; a documentary based on the life of his father Staff Sgt. John A Thorburn. Follow him on Twitter via @RAtheRuggedMan .

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239 Comments

  • J

    I agree with everything except your concept of censorship. Censorship is when a government blocks speech. The concept of free speech in the US is that bad speech should be countered by more speech. That is, someone makes light of rape, you tell them it's wrong and you tell their sponsors it's wrong. The sponsors then make a freedom of association choice (an extension of free speech) as to whether that message suits their brand. This is not censorship, it's the exact opposite, ie more free speech. Be clear on that.

  • Bobby Digital

    Most the example's you bring up make no sense. a) they were from a different time period. b) you really don't remember Eminem being picketed in front of his record company? Having demonstrations and full on rallys against him? Read up, educate yourself. You can write a better article than this. I KNOW you can. I'm disapointted. Weak.

  • Dom

    Really tells you where people's intellect & logic lie when reading these comments & articles. Not judging anyone, but if you typed it... well...

  • CK

    Whatever gets this fat shitty rapper out of the industry is fine by me.

  • Anonymous

    rozay not gonna rape ya he's just joking. get over it and give him back his reebok deal!

  • Junior

    I don't normally bother posting on comment boards but by the time I got to the end of this article, I had to say how badly written this is! First of all, you mention other artists rapping about rape but then don't give any references except to Jay Z. Second of all, you completely ignore the context of these references which is the whole point of why Rick Ross is getting it for U.O.E.N.O. His was a very clear glorification of date rape, I don't think Jay Z's line in a song titled "Monster" can not be described the same way. It's about CONTEXT, most people who make a film with a rape scene don't film it as a scene their audience will enjoy watching, the exact opposite in fact. Rick Ross' line was a clear boast about equating rape with being powerful. And then to say its as a bad a form of censorship as the book burning by Nazis?? You're forgetting that the Nazis WERE in the wrong, those people speaking out against Rick Ross promoting rape are NOT. All in all, poor article!

  • Mario

    I watch movies and listen to music to be entertained. I never expected Tupac to be some authentic Super-Thug because I remember when he was just a roadie for Digital Underground and wasn't a street dude like most Cali cats but he's still my favorite rapper because his music entertains me. I know Nas isn't really "Escobar" but his Esco persona was very entertaining to me just like Ross "Boss" persona is entertaining. If Emenim can become "Slim Shady" and rap about having sex with animals and sexually-assaulting lesbians then I think rappers should be able to rap about whatever they want. Rappers like Bizarre, Brotha Lynch, &, Tyler the Creator have some really sick and twisted lyrics but they are not high profile enough to be targeted by fringe groups who like to picket and rally. Salute to Ross for giving Rockie Fresh a platform to shine, his music is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: The only authentic rapper in the industry is Emenim because his serial-killer raps come from his experience as a rapist & murderer. Dr Dre & Ice Cube were never "Gangsters" but they helped pioneer so-called Gangsta Rap and nobody ever questioned their authenticity. Too Short & Ice T helped pioneer so-called Pimp Rap but they readily admit that they have never pimped hoes. Public Enemy helped pioneer so-called Militant Rap and one of their most vocal members was a former Corrections Officer named Professor Griff. Tupac was no Thug/Rider Biggie was no Big-Poppa/Frank White Do people honestly believe that Nas's "Escobar" persona was real and that he sold kilo's of coke or are you intelligent enough to know that his rap lyrics were fictional street poems? Rozay is not some white-skinned Suburban geek who just picked up a microphone and started rapping about drugs, he's from a community were drug activity is a major problem and based on his affiliations, associations and mentors he's qualified to rap about what he saw growing up in Carol City just like Nas is qualified to rap about what he saw growing up in Queensbridge. I listen to street-poetry-rap to enjoy the slick poetry and the beat/music, I'm not a geek looking for a sociology lesson on street life so I could care less if the story's are true or embellished as long as I enjoy my listening experience. Emenim is the only real rapper alive who actually lives his rape/murder lyrics, I like how Emenim can rap about murdering women and still get an endorsement from Chrysler, Emenim is friggin awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Those spineless turds at Reebok knew damn well Rick Rosss music promoted murder, drugs sales, hatred and genocide of the community before they ever signed him to a deal - real talk from R.A the Rugged Man Exact same thoughts i was pondering!

    • Anonymous

      Reebok have absolutely no grounds to stand on or high road to take in the situation, more or less showing the world it was really only about business and business only. Not no high sense of morality like it would have you believe, best thing they could do is nt use Rick Ross as scape goat

    • Anonymous

      No shit. No one is denying that. But Ross started to fuck up their money. As a business man himself Ross should understand.

  • Anonymous

    Most of these rappers ain't real. Drake a child actor, Weezy ain't about that life. French Montana was a DVD film maker he never sold no coke. Like it or not Rick Ross is the closest thing we have to MC Gusto Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ross wont live to see 40. if the GD`s dont get him them seizures or a heart attack will GOD FORGIVES, FRIES DONT

  • Tyler

    Tyler the Creator is a critical darling and he raps about rape all the time on his albums and nobody cares because us white people love his music and see him as white-friendly. Ross dissed our heros Emenim & Fiddy so we hate him and want to see him fail. If Ross would sign a white artist I might start to like him but until then I will hate that fucktard.

    • qonvex

      mothafuckah stop saying we, who the fuck you think you are?? you representing a whole group of people now ?? your stating your opinion and claiming its what every white person thinks. Don't be putting everyone else in the stupid pile you got goin on. Eminem sucks, Rick Ross sucks, 50 Sucks. You want to hear real lyricism then bump some RA the Rugged Man, Masta Ace, Cunninlynguists, Chief Kamachi,.... the list goes on. Why do you fags let the media depict what you listen to, you honestly gonna narrow yourself down to ross, 50 and eminem?? thats such narrow minded thinking, you must not know much about hip hop.

    • @Tyler

      It's funny you say that, yet white people love Rick Ross. They're the reason he's successful. Other races hate Rick Ross as well, not white people.

    • Anonymous

      Trust me, if Tyler was selling Reeboks or Nikes there would be a lot of people mad. And I bet he wouldn`t make a half assed apology he would say FUCK YOU. Ross a bitch nigga

    • Anonymous

      Tyler also isnt selling Reeboks and hes a teenager. Ross is a 37 year old man.

  • Anonymous

    Why do white-skinned people think that wearing shoes and clothing by Reebok is exclusive to physically fit people as if out of shape people can't wear a pair of Reebok shoes? It's hilarious how these freakish idiots give Emenim a pass for lyrics about murdering women because it's "over the top" GTFOH. Next thing you know these white-skinned people will say that Biggies rape lyric about Gutta was "Shock Rap". White-skinned people love Emenims fake serial-killer raps which is why he sells millions of albums but the same white-skinned people act outraged over a vague Molly lyric from a mixtape song. I wonder if these same white-skinned people worship Tarentino for his movies filled with rape, violence, drug-abuse, torture and murder........of course the hypocrites do.

  • Dom

    Shame, because RA's a top rapper. But he's way off here.

    • qonvex

      " And I thought I was the illest " - Notorious BIG when asked about RA The Rugged Man. RA is one of the best to ever touch the mic, if you faggots have a hard time admitting that then you learn more about the craft called lyricism.

    • K-man

      stupid boy no hes not

  • Dom

    Greeeedy, greedy people. All of them. Rick Ross demonstrably has nothing to do with sportwear, and was a terrible choice. The only consideration was that these people wanted a bit of "edge". For those who're upset, and bringing up Biggie and Eminem in howls of protest: that's shock rap. It's completely over-the-top, and that's the point. It's not supposed to be taken at face value. On the other hand, when Rick Ross indulges his questionable fantasy of being a drug lord who takes some girl home and rapes her, he desperately wants people to take him seriously. He's an utter buffoon. If you think otherwise, you're entitled to your opinion, but you're a fanboy. By the way, the writer's implication that all hip-hop is art is nothing but bone-headed ignorance. Some rappers will care about the creation of their work, and hope their fans care as much - Illmatic is a good example of a well-thought out project that could conceivably be art. Most, however, are just greedy, going along with trends, sticking a song here for this market, this for that market, get a few trendy producers, and you're done. Art? Don't make me laugh. It's about greed, and if you try to reward this buffoon on the delusional belief that "um, it's hip-hop so it's censorship", you're equally ignorant.

    • Anonymous

      Meek Mill did not just drop a book. It was supposed to come out already but that shit got PUSHED BACK!!! stop making shit up.

    • Anonymous

      Wale is number 8 on the billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart and number 7 on the billboard Rap songs chart

    • Anonymous

      Wale does not have the number 1 song on urban radio. thats not even his song he bought it from that girl and put or couple verses over it. French Montana is about to flop and just admitted he is gonna buy 1000 copies of his own album. No one is gonna buy a Meek Mill book. That nigga cant even read let alone form a proper sentence. Gunplay still aint got his chain back. Still a junkie. Stalleys single with Scarface also is not original just like Wale`s. He had to take a 5 year old G-Side song, jacked it completely. Same intro, same hook, same beat. Real original these MMG niccas are.

    • Supreme

      MMG is doing great right now. Wale has the #1 song on Urban radio, French Montana is tearing up the streets, Meek just dropped a book, Gunplay is about to drop the vid for "Bible on the dash" and that single Stalley has with Scarface is a banger.....Omarion and Rockie Fresh are doing their thang too. A lot of people eat at the MMG table, producers like BeatBillionaire & Young Shun, DJ's like BayBay and Scream and artists like Torch, & Young Breed. MMG also have their own Film division with Black/Latino videographers like Spiff, DreFilm, & Jon J. Lastly MMG have a Latin division with artist like Nephew, Aro Sanchez, & Coop. I'm pleased that Rozay has been able to provide so many Blacks & Latinos with jobs and careers and assemble a family with artists from so many different regions and nationalities. Salute Rozay & MMG for setting a great example of entepanuership and enterprise. .....

  • Anonymous

    Rozay is still a multi-millionaire and C.E.O, he still has multiple endorsements, multiple artists on his label and a chain of WingStop restaurants in addition to stocks and Real Estate. If the white-skinned Emenim can rap about rape and murder and be the biggest selling Rap artists on the planet then why should anybody normal care about some vague and random Rozay lyric that was on some obscure Rocko mixtape? Rozay is a brilliant hustler so I doubt luis losing a shoe endorsement is going to stop his movement. The sad fact is that white-skinned people and geeks actually believe that Molly is a Date-Rape drug.

    • ^

      Everything you say is a bunch of bullshit lies.

    • Geechie

      MMG is doing great right now. Wale has the #1 song on Urban radio, French Montana is tearing up the streets, Meek just dropped a book, Gunplay is about to drop the vid for "Bible on the dash" and that single Stalley has with Scarface is a banger.....Omarion and Rockie Fresh are doing their thang too. A lot of people eat at the MMG table, producers like BeatBillionaire & Young Shun, DJ's like BayBay and Scream and artists like Torch, & Young Breed. MMG also have their own Film division with Black/Latino videographers like Spiff, DreFilm, & Jon J. Lastly MMG have a Latin division with artist like Nephew, Aro Sanchez, & Coop. I'm pleased that Rozay has been able to provide so many Blacks & Latinos with jobs and careers and assemble a family with artists from so many different regions and nationalities. Salute Rozay & MMG for setting a great example of entepanuership and enterprise.

    • Anonymous

      "Rozay is still a multi-millionaire and C.E.O, he still has multiple endorsements, multiple artists on his label and a chain of WingStop restaurants in addition to stocks and Real Estate." What does any of this have to do with this article? Get off his micro penis (thats what he was referring to when he said he said he enjoyed her and she aint even know it)

    • Anonymous

      I'm about to start a petition to get Wingstop to discontinue all his franchises and get Ciroc to make him stop endorsing them!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      what about Rockos mixtape was obscure?????

    • Anonymous

      should stop viewing people as colors you freak

  • jack black

    guys guys guys.. its all about money as far as reebok is concerned. had they not reprimanded fat boy they would have lost endorsements on their end. reebok dont give a shit what he said or says or if he lies about his persona as you shouldnt. like 1% of rappers that are relevant today are really or have really been in the drug game, who gives a fuck? if yall were gettin money rapping about that shit you would continue to rap about it even though you not really "about that life". is rick ross (the rapper) a fraud? yes! thats about as clear as him being a fat fuck, he gettin money though. if you dont fuck with him then dont support him period. in fact most people who do support are 23years old or younger. As far as Reebok they made the right move as far as rick ross he fucked up a major opportunity as far as the general public...well we get massacred by real life psychos at the movies, we get blown up running a marathon for charity we are now scared our kids might get popped at their own school we cant trust the news or government; these are our real issues wake the fuck up!

  • kas

    Eminem was fucking CRUCIFIED for the shit he said. Feminists and Gay groups protested against his music and tried to stop his concerts. But he STOOD his ground. He said FUCK ALL OF YOU!!!! Not like FAKE Ross who deserves to be called out for his bullshit...

    • J

      Anonymous, he missed your point because you failed to actually make a valid one!

    • Doubl Negative

      You missed my point as well. You're not being honest if you fail to remember the groups who normally attack rap's offensive lyrics mitigated eminem.

    • kas

      What hypocrisy? I am neither white nor gay. Actually I am an Indian if you must know. You completely miss my point. Eminem was attacked by all these groups just like Rozay was attacked. These feminists will attack any rapper they feel is spewing misogynist lyrics. But Eminem stood up against them. And his fans supported him. Rozay stated apologizing and none of his fans came up to support him This is not about race. It is about artistic credibility. When Eminem blurted those lines he said he was just having fun and it was entertainment. Rick Ross has a fictional backstory to play upto, so he got destroyed. Take 50 Cent for example. He has been a real gangster. Would he apologize for some dumb lyric he spit. HELL NO!!! HE WILL SAY FUCK YOU JUST LIKE EMINEM SINCE HE HAS ARTISTIC CREDIBILITY.

    • Doubl Negative

      For every white who takes umbrage with eminem's lyrics, there's three times as many people who support and condone them. Gays and feminists who exonerated him but chastise Black rappers only highlight their own bigotry. You undoubtedly are white, and maybe gay, and reveal the true nature of your people. I have no problem with whites supporting eminem, we as Black people could learn from them to have more racial solidarity, but hypocrisy really grates.

  • Sam I am

    So the author's argument is, ya'll slept on it before, and now that ya'll have woke up, shut up, it's too late? Naw, I beg to disagree. Wake up and pay attention because what is in these lyrics is being played out in the streets. Regardless of the artistic freedom, if music stakeholders turn around and say, "We are feeding the people what they want". Well the people are saying we dont want our kids tricked out, pimped, drugged, raped, killed, murdered or slain. We dont want our children or young adults selling out for drugs, money, or fame. We want music without the disgust. We want music that can both entertain and not degrade us. We want music that reflects the truth and not the artist's projection of their failed attempt to be relevant. If relevancy is what you can steal from someone, then you are no better than the Nazi's that lined up the Jews front facing, shooting them head on then piling them in mass graves, because they believed the lies when the truth was evident. ARTISTS ARE CHOOSING THEIR LIVES OVER THEIR FANS.....LYRICAL GENOCIDE.

  • 614grind

    RA is missing the real issue here. The problem as I see it is two fold; First, Ross became a liability to Reebok and they had to protect their shareholder value...period. Second, heads are tired of Rick Ross. He has gotten more passes than any figure in Hip Hop history and nobody can really explain why (actually, I'm pretty sure I know why but I'm not gonna get all into propaganda here). I've heard the whole "because he's a dope rapper" line or the attempt muddy the watters line "everybody lies in their raps", or my personal favorite, "it's only entertainment". Bottom line is Rick Ross is a cultural parasite who arrogantly taunts everybody who has a problem with it.

    • 614grind

      ^^^^^^ Look at this vagina talkin bout "waaaaaaaa". Nigga, I don't give a damn either way. I could care less about this gay era of music. The shit y'all into ain't Hip Hop anyway so it don't move nobody but lil' kids and lames.

    • Anonymous

      waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • TipTapToe

    While I understand what RA is saying and where he's coming from. The double standard isn't the issue here. Accountability is. Us as the black community, never wants to be held accountable or take social responsibility for anything. We are responsible for leading the young black youth of today astray. And pushing countless amounts of negative influence and musical + social poison on our impressionable future leaders (AKA th new generation). We have to start somewhere. We have to make an example out of some folks. And Ross just so happens to be the starting example. While more overtly vulgar and disgusting things have been said in our music (and those artist came under the same backlash as well probably worse back then). It doesn't make what Ross said any better or less wrong. Homie basically described date rape on wax. None of it was ever ok. If Ross would've just owned up to what he was really saying, and gave a real sincere apology (instead of those half-assed tweets and statements), maybe, just maybe, the record wouldn't have gotten pulled off the air and he could've still had his Reebok deal.

  • sun_god7

    Again, Black folks pushed for the media to take notice. The media does not give a shyt unless you force them to cover our issues. Rugged man is correct that there are worse lyrics that preceeded Ross. But the media does not care about lyrics until someone protests to make the media report.

  • sun_god7

    100% disagreement. The Rick Ross controversy did not start from the "media." It started from Black folks who were upset with messages that don't represent them and disrespects the community. It came from people that were upset with a culture of rape being promoted. Ross has 100% rights of free speech - but so do the people that critique him. Lastly, Black folks did go after Wayne over the Emmitt Til lyrics. It got the song dropped. Some things that were left to slide in the past - won't anymore. There is a movement of people caring about their communities and that should be applauded over the interest of an individual chosen to spit crack lyrics by white corporations. The writer got it all wrong.

  • CASH

    SHOUT OUT TO RUGGED MAN YOU THA REALEST NIGGA TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE AND YOU BROKE IT DOWN SKILLFULLY FOR ALL THESE PUSSIES THAT HAVE BEEN 'OFFENDED'BY ROSS' LYRICS. SHOUT OUT TO THE BOSS, MMG, TRIPLE C'S AND EVERY ONE THAT FUCKS WITH THE UNTOUCHABLE EMPIRE. MAYBACH!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      what makes them untouchable? i saw gunplay get touched

    • 614grind

      Ya man Ross played himself. Fat boy just gotta eat that and keep it movin. He's gotten away with murder his whole career so don't nobody feel sorry for him.

  • Benny Dub

    "They'll take a dud talking crud and then push him But in the next year someone new will just squoosh him Cuz when you sell out to appeal to the masses, you have to go back and enroll in some classes So cash in your check cuz it's the last one you get The tables have turned and now you ain't in effect So jet to the rear and you better just follow Cuz what's here today may be gone tomorrow" Gang Starr - "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" "Even in this rap game all that glitters ain't gold Now that rap is big business, the snakes got bold They give you wack contracts and try to make you go pop Cuz the have no regard for real hip hop They'll compare you to others and say 'But yo he sells' But you know in your heart that he's weak as hell So you say 'I ain't doing that corny stuff' But they tell you that your chart positions will go up They front big time and make you many promises And when they break them, that's when your momma says 'Son you're making records but that guy seems shady' It could be too late, your career could be played G' Gang Starr - "Conspiracy" True knowledge from a Hip Hop legend. R.I.P. Keith Elam Gang Starr Foundation for life!

  • Benny Dub

    The point here is ENDORSEMENTS, fools! Cash for advertising! Big L didn't take Nike money or Reebok money. Biggie & Pac endorsed St. Ides! Ice-T made Cop Killer and didn't want to be controlled by corporations. If you take the cash and want to be all up in advertisements and media, you will be judged for the stupid shit you say and do. If you stay true to yourself as an artist and do what you want to do (and make your own money on your own hard work), then they can't control you or tell you what you can and can't say.

    • Anonymous

      YEP, Ross the only one out of all the artists listed in the article to apologize for his offensive lyrics MULTIPLE TIMES. everyone else stood behind their lyrics

  • Tapeworm

    NORE said he seen women as well as guys drop molly in people's cups in Miami and its a regular occurrence

  • Cinavenom

    I wish the Rugged Man was the only writer on the DX staff. I could read anything this man writes. Hits every point hard. Pure genius and that is why legends never die.

  • 5*

    GOOD ARTICLE... Rozay is the guy people love to hate.. but you cant question he makes good quality music

  • joja

    At least some sense on this site

  • cee

    maybe if that fat fuck didn't go about destroying the real rick ross, karma wouldn't have been such a bitch to this cunt.

  • Kaleem

    REAL TALK shout outs to RA The Rugged Man Fuck these hypocrites man

  • Dubz

    It's nice to see an editorial on this topic that actually proposes an intelligent discussion. This is what hip-hop was supposed to be about and I feel like it's a dying part of the culture. No doubt there are some double standards at work here but I don't necessarily agree that they're unfair (though I do agree that Reebok acted in their own financial interest and not based on moral outrage). I think as a community, hip-hop should be proud of the fact that it's drawn a line here, but I also think it's important that we understand why the line was drawn here. Why is it okay for Rick Ross to make a career out of rapping about basically nothing positive including murder (which we as a society don't seem to have a problem with) but date rape is unacceptable? I actually don't think it is okay, but I do think there's a difference between Ross as an artist and all of the other artists mentioned. When this song first started creating a controversy, I had some of the same questions as RA does in this piece. For whatever reason I felt that this lyric crossed the line but I couldn't understand why this was worse than an Eminem lyric, or a Tyler the Creator lyric, or the fact that 2Pac was actually convicted of sexual assault but we still accept him. After giving it some thought, I think that the issue for me is not necessarily that he rapped about rape but it's the way he framed rape in his lyrics. Ross's problem in this case is that he presents rape in a context that people might think is acceptable, especially since date rape is incredibly common and very often it's the victim who is blamed for the assault. Making the problem worse was Ross's response to the initial outcry. His original comments stated that the lyric was misinterpreted and that he didn't say rape. It seemed as though Ross didn't understand that what he was rapping about was rape, which goes right to the heart of the problem that his lyric seemed like an endorsement for a type of rape that is incredibly common because it is often not considered rape by the rapist. In all of the other examples RA listed, the artists in question are presenting rape in such an extreme context that it creates disbelief for the listener and therefore in no way actually endorses rape in a realistic setting. What I mean is when you listen to Jay's lyric in Monster, for example, you don't actually get the impression that Jay-Z is promoting rape or that rape is acceptable behaviour (it's "monstrous"). Not a single person who heard that song would probably ever believe that Jay-Z would actually ever rape and pillage a village of women and children. In a strange way, the problem with Ross's lyric was that it was too realistic and perhaps not violent enough for it to be clearly outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour for the people listening to the song, like Jay-Z's lyric was and Eminem's rape lyrics are. I could never imagine someone listening to that BIG song and then going out and raping children, but I could imagine someone listening to that Rick Ross lyric and actually thinking drugging a woman's drink or having sex with someone who is too intoxicated to consent is an acceptable way to get laid. That's the problem with the lyric for me. It also doesn't help that Rick Ross's public persona in general offers nothing in the way of positive messaging from which to juxtapose more outlandish lyrics whereas people like Jay-Z and BIG (perhaps with the exception of Big L) have clearly done this. Even Eminem, perhaps one of the worst when it comes to rape lyrics, has very clearly stated both in interviews and in his music that he doesn't actually condone violence against women. He's gone so far as to create an alter-ego, "Slim Shady", which is usually the character he's using on his more controversial songs. Rick Ross has gone out of his way to try to convince people that what he raps about is real in an effort to build street cred and that's why when he raps about rape in this way, it's not clear whether he's playing a character or keeping it real.

    • Anonymous

      Valid points from both parties, but let's not stray away from the root cause for why this all transpired. Rick neglected to take the time to read further into the ethics clause that was presented to him by Reebok, and he also neglected to look into Reeboks core values and think how his behavior could affect it. Signing a $5 million dollar endorsement deal requires much more than just mentioning a brand. It was a bad business move on his part for not knowing what the inter-works of upholding a strategic partnership is, and also for not appointing an advisory board to mentor him on how to work alongside a multi-billion dollar company. Ironically, the persona he created around himself for being the biggest boss worked to his detriment. Every rapper that's been cited on here for their lyrics depicting rape, caught back lash from the media, but none of them had endorsement deal in place at that time. It's simply a matter of business. A good parallel is to look into the swarms of athletes that lost endorsement deals for foolish behavior. All artist need to have the sense of mind to appoint advisors and good business people to help nurture their careers as they grow. Without proper safeguards in place, theyll never been able scale their careers.

    • Spacial Ed

      All that makes sense, but you're making RA's point. So it's ok to rap about violently raping a woman, your mother, kidnapping and raping children, and raping a whole village (which actually glorifies the war crime of rape and torture), but it's not ok to address 'date rape' which is actually the most common form of rape? I think it's sad that this situation got twisted because Ross said it... When Tarantino made Django (which was absolutely appalling in terms of language), everyone went to see it, I did too... But the pundits said that he was simple showing that we've moved past days of slavery! Not to digress, that reminds me of the backlash Nas got when he named his album nigger... I feel what R.A. said, this is not about society... It's about Ross current status as a marketable artist! It would've cost a lot to get rid of him the right way, but by discrediting him, he's out and out... Hero to Zero in one blow (and that's why 50s laughing at him) With the other guys, they remained relevant throughout... and in the case of, say, DMX and Ice T, others remain a thorn in the 'Industry's' side... So it's simple really, and it's a lesson that must be learned by all (even artists)... I mean Tyler the creator's lyrics are absolute garbage, but him and his group's popularity has only grown... I don't think we can blame society... The only blame is that 'society' has become ignorant! We feed our minds with what we see on TV because we say we have no time to read, and that's the problem... We've been conditioned! Listen to those that woke up! Listen to DMX's message, Nas' message (though you may need to decrypt most of what he says), Tupac's message... Listen to the real artists, rap's Van Gogh's and Picassos like Botha Lynch Hung, R.A, Vinnie Paz and Necro... Learn from those that got out and understand the ins and outs of the current 'business' state of rap... Kanye West, Raekwon, The RZA... And if you want to be educated, listen to the real teachers and thinkers of rap... Our own Platos; Killa Priest and GZA... Fellow heads, there is so much in this culture of ours... We just gotta wake up, read, listen to the words and not just the beat and adapt ourselves... The nerds have done it (watch documentaries like 'Pirate Bay: AFK' and 'We are legion') so why can't we?

    • Anonymous

      nice essay

  • Jay-Z

    "It's only so long fake thugs can pretend" - "The Takeover"

  • Shone Jones

    RA still sounds bitter as all hell.....and dumb. Ross said that dumb line. No one told him to say it. He messed up his own money. That's his fault. Let's stick to the bare facts here. Eminem has went out of his way to tell people his lyrics are bullshit. Whether or not people "see the interviews" has nothing to do with anything. The interviews exist. No such interviews exist for Ross, who has had several outs prior to this Reebok fiasco. Chances to cop out (no pun intended) and say "it's just entertainment". Not only did he not do that, he went out of his way to tell people his lyrics are 100% authentic several times. So then he drops a rape lyric. He gets questioned about the lyric, and once again, he sticks to the script. So that costs him a Reebok endorsement. Finally yeah, a double standard exists. It's the fact that people want to hold 2 rappers to the same standard, despite the fact that only one of them wants to be taken seriously. All Ross had to do was to be a real person, but he decided to stay in character. He fucked up.

    • Anonymous

      cocksucker, either ross is real or he's not, if he's not then its the same as eminem. but according to you he cant be real? Really?

    • Anonymous

      You're an idiot shone, get niggas dicks outta your mouth. SO after eminem clarifies it he gets a pass but ross attempts to do the same thing and hes a punk? fuckin cocksuckers, gtfoh

    • Anonymous

      Yep, Yep, Yep. Which still doesn't suggest artistic integrity, that suggest another falsehood.

  • Anonymous

    the thing is that...Fat Cop Ross took the bait...like this nigga got intimidated and pushed around by so called fans and Reebook...niggas are being hypocrites when it comes to him cuz hes FAKE...its more like trolling him to the point were he does whateva to please everybody...that means he has no backbone...remember when Eminem was crucified on tv bcuz of the shit he said in his music...remember when MTV at one point didnt want to fuck with him anymore...well he stood up and said FUCK YALL...yall can eat a dick and i wont change bcuz someone told me to

  • THE TRUTH

    The reason why this is all happening to Rick Ross is because of Karma. He is milking this industry by pretending to be a DRUG KINGPIN and misleading the youth that listen to him. Dude was a correctional officer and LIED ABOUT IT when initially confronted. His whole repertoire is suspect and a disgrace to Hip Hop. What Jay-Z said in the song "Monster" clearly coincided with the title and was a harsh metaphor to show how ruthless he is on the mic. When Eminem claims he'll murder someone, it is clearly satire and he did all for shits and giggles. Ross on the hand, didn't even hint at date rape which is comical. Dude was merely saying he'll slip her a Molly on the low: which in turn will make her relaxed and horny, NOT UNCONSCIOUS. Women of the nation were ignorant to what he really meant and brought heat to his ass. To bring my point home, this is ONLY happening to Rick Ross because of karma.

  • Anonymous

    Ill chime in. Many of the comments here are valid. For those making points about other rappers referencing rape in their rhymes, sure, thats happen many times over in rap. Rape, has a direct coloration with being heartless, cold, or brutal, and rappers often reference it to make light of their mentally towards the sport of rap, and what theyll do to the competition. In Rick Rosss case, the answer is simple. He signed an endorsement deal with a multi-billion dollar corporation, not knowing that everything he did would be held under a magnifying glass. The moment after that agreement was signed, he became a marked man. Everything that he did and said from there on out would be held accountable by Reebok. Its the double-edged sword of success. It was a great strategic partnership deal for Reebcok to sign him, but it wasnt for him unless he was willing to abide by whatever ethics clause they had in their agreement. Its nothing personal, its just business, and Reebok cannot come up with a reasonable justification as to why one of their affiliates is condoning rape in a song. Furthermore, the loss of a $5 million dollar deal is definitely going to hurt Ricks bottom line, while on the reverse end, it will boost the credibility of Reebok for upholding their moral clause, which will increase their market share. It was Rosss deal to lose and he did just that by not having the frame of mind to have a council in place to advise him as his success grew. Shit, the President has swarms of people that help to keep him out of trouble.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, it stems from acting off impulse. It's not easy to keep it together when the world is given to you in champagne flute.

    • Mike

      I totally agree with what you said about surrounding yourself with people to make sure you don't do something stupid and get in trouble. It's like having insurance so you don't lose everything you obtained. Some key examples that this could have helped.... Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress, Tiger Woods, etc... there are a bunch of celebrities with boat loads of money. Anyone that makes that much money has advisors, accountants, lawyers.... why wouldn't they have an assistant or someone to cover their ass?

  • The Cheese

    R.A. The Rugged Man how does Rick Ross dock taste? this fool sounds butt hurt. this clown writes like a child cussing and all. dispute all that he failed to mention that Rick rapped about date rape and the way he rapped with no shame but arrogantly glorifying it like its the hip thing to do. next thing you know these hipster trendies are going to want to do it bc their fav rapper rapped about and he doesn't have any shame in rapping about it it'll be the new normal.

    • Anonymous

      ^real talk

    • mike

      lmao @ The Cheese because you are an idiot. At least do some research before you look like a dumbass. First, RA is the truth. He's not only a veteran in Hip Hop, he been published for years on subjects like Boxing and Rap. Second, so basically you are saying because media and morons glorify rape, its ok for " hipsters" to do this? This is exactly whats wrong with this country. People will always be crazy, media just puts it out there. I blame the parents for not teaching their kid right and wrong. If you don't like it, don't listen to it.

  • Antoine Dodson

    He's climbin in your windows He's snatchin your people up Tryna rape em so y'all need to Hide your kids, Hide your wife Hide your kids, Hide your wife Hide your kids, Hide your wife and hide your husband Cuz they're rapin errbody out here You don't have to come and confess We're lookin for you We gon find you We gon find you So you can run and tell that, Run and tell that Run and tell that, homeboy Home, home, homeboy

  • Aisha

    *the rape culture that Hip Hop has played a part in

  • Aisha

    This Reebok campaign was a pushback to the culture that hip hop has played a part in. Also the scene Ross describes can be easily mistaken as acceptable by an impressionable teenager or an idiotic adult. The pushback from the protestors says THIS IS RAPE, MAKE NO MISTAKE. Notice that all the other lyrics actually use the word "rape" so the listener knows that the character is clearly committing a crime.

  • DOG

    REAL TALK FUCK THE WOMAN AND REBOOK

  • Anonymous

    Finally a vice we don't want to listen to. Shooting up impoverished people, slanging crack in our own neighborhoods, treating women like dogs, not graduating from school, and going to jail make catchy ass hooks, but rape is a special kind of evil. The music industry's been pumping out this kinda vile shit all the time and we need to stand against all of it, but I guess one step at a time. But don't act like R.A anit talking truth. We let this shit slide all the time. Big L: "I be placin snitches inside lakes and ditches And if I catch AIDS, then I'mma start rapin bitches" DMX: "And if you got a daughter older then 15, I'ma rape her Take her on the living room floor, right there in front of you Then ask you seriously, whatchu wanna do? " Eminem: "Shut up slut, you're causing too much chaos! Just bend over and take it like a slut, okay ma? "Oh, now he's raping his own mother, abusing a whore Snorting coke, and we gave him the Rolling Stone cover?"" That's 3 contenders for G.O.A.T on some of there best tracks. We can't nod our heads to it one minute and then deride it the next. We've gotta hate it all the time.

    • Anonymous

      Eminem is clearly being satirical. Big L is clearly acting out a pretend personality for the entertainment purposes of the track. Like every single rapper on the planet does in battle rhymes. I personally find the DMX line the most offensive, but it's still clearly an exaggerated rhyme. If you believe anything he describes in that song you're an idiot Ross' line was presented in a way that was not satirical or exaggerated. He rapped the line like it was a normal thing to do. That is the problem.

    • Anonymous

      all those dudes stood behind their lyrics and didnt cop fake pleas to try and please corporate america

    • Anonymous

      you are an idiot. read the comments below fool all of that has been addressed in great lengths.

  • i'm an annoying anonymous animal

    Normally i don't write in this kind of article, it's almost detrimental to do so but damn you Eminem dick-ryders...damn you...first of all, in context to what RA wrote here, when he says Eminem didn't get any flack, he doesn't mean from the standpoint of the media and parents in general but more of the so called hip-hop fans who easily pick and choose who is right or wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I FUCKING HATE FAT PEOPLE, FRAUDULENT LIARS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WILLIAM ROBERTS JUST HAPPENS TO BE ALL 3!!

  • Anonymous

    His career is definitely not in decline...Rick Ross last album sold more than any of his past album not to mention MMG compilation out sold the first one by a significant number, on top of that he was Grammy nominated for the first time in his career so this guy made a huge misstatement on that note.

  • Bram Gesink

    Racism is obviously still around, and its pretty bad in some places too. But what I wonder about is whether or not some rappers and avid hip hop fans really want it to end. I sure think they would. But then what would some rappers rap about? Its like being a war reporter. You want the war to end but then you're out of a job. Its like being a policeman or psychologist. You want there to be no more crime but then when there is you no longer have a job. I wonder how hip hop would change if tomorrow we all woke up and there was no racism or inequality of living standard and shit. It would have to be hella different. And I am in no one saying I think racism should continue, not at all, I want it to be gone just as much as the next guy, I'm just wondering what would happen to hip hop if we were to make that happen...

  • anonymous

    eminem never got a pass you retard were you living in a cave from 1999-2004? He caught more back lash than maybe any music artist ever. it just didnt kill his career cuz he, unlike rick ross, is talented.

  • Elle Dee

    *Excuse all my grammatical errors. Ha!

  • Elle Dee

    I'd like to speak for on behalf conservative females. I used to love Hip Hop, both mainstream and underground. Maybe I was young and wasn't really listening to all the lyrics, but I can't stand all the hate that is shown towards females in Hip Hop music. I'm mostly talking about what they allow on the radio, so I can't imagine the lyrics I'm not hearing. Macklemore stands up for gays by saying, "If I were gay, I would think Hip Hop hates me." With that said, I'm a woman and I think Hip Hop hates me.

  • ETK

    If you think about it the entire rap industry is gay *Jay-Z's best friends are gay *Kanye West wears women's clothes *Lil Wayne kisses men on the lips and wears lepoard print jeggings/Ugg boots *Eminem hates women *T.I. and DMX kept going back to jail (they must love the prison sex) *Drake, Tyga, and Big Sean are closet homosexuals *Rick Ross and DJ Khaled are life partners *Nas talked a lot of homo shit about Jay-Z on Ether (stalking Jay?) *Ludacris is Bieber's butt buddy *Tupac was a ballerina as a teenager *Biggie talked about sucking a man's dick (on Me And My Bitch) *Dr Dre wore some suspicious wardrobe in is time in the World Class Wreckin Crew *Eazy E had AIDS *Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are weed (butt) buddies *2Chainz dickrides Kanye West (literally...) *J Cole dickrides Jay-Z (literally...) *Kendrick Lamar dickrides Dr Dre(literally...) and has a gay voice *Diddy fucked every artist in the business (figuratively and literally) *Young Jeezy's voice is fucked up (from sucking too much cock) and his nickname is Jizzle (meaning he loves it when it rain jizz all over him) *50 Cent is super hyper-masculine (meaning he's really a homo) *Waka Flocka yells on every record (from letting Gucci fuck him in the ass) *Chief Keef loves a nigga named Sosa *All female rappers are lesbians *Lupe made Lasers *Wu Tang is a bunch of men hanging out with each other *Gucci Mane named himself after a woman's purse *Macklemore thought he was gay and in love with Ryan Lewis *Hopsin jacks off to Eminem and is Tech N9ne's butt buddy *Immortal Technique believes in the Illuminati

    • Anonymous

      ETK dude im rolling on the floor right now

    • Bram Gesink

      You're right, when men are super masculine and rap with other dudes then they are gay. Everyone already knew that, there was no point in you taking all this time to point it out. And anyway, people who take that much time thinking of why everyone is gay must be well, gay.

  • Hopsin

    Some rappers and critics giving Rick Ross a hard time on this but the same people were dick riding Earl and Tyler the creator mix tapes not too long ago which the main theme was Rape!!! then again they weren't 40 year old men

    • Anonymous

      tyler and earl were teenagers doing that shit from the start just to shock people and get a reaction. ross was dead serious with this shit.

  • That Nigga In His Basement

    So eminem can make an entire album about raping women and drugging them, and yall say nothing. but when ross says one line hes the worst person in the world. What is with these double standards in hip hop? Biggie and eminem talked about kidnapping children, praising the devil, murdering jesus, raping the virgin mary (listen to DEAD WRONG), and none of you niggas said shit. ross says one line and u niggas become moralists. yall so quick to condemn this nigga ross not even realizing that your favorites are 10x worse. I cant stand fucking bias, selective memory having, double standard using hypocrites!!!

  • boldebauchery

    rick ross's star is not in decline. his last album did just as well as the ones before that. lil wayne might be, but not ross. he's still maintaining his spot.

  • THA TRUTH

    So the white rapper can talk about this shit on every track on relapse, but when the black guy makes one tongue in cheek reference about it, the community demands an apology. WOW. I'm not a fan of ross (dont hate him either) but this just isnt right..

    • Anonymous

      em has caught backlash for his lyrics from day one.. he just used it to fuel the fire of his career

    • Bram Gesink

      Yeah I know I can't believe those things Big L, Biggie, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z said too. All those white guys can get away with saying anything!

  • Ricky Rozay

    Rozay is the closest hting to Biggie. Biggies closest partner Diddy even said that shit. Ross may not be as lyrical but he make the same type of songs as Biggie. You niggas can hate all you want Ross is the new Biggie. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yourarticlesucks

    What a retarded article, were you deaf and blind or just not born yet when Eminem came to fame? Did you not see the massive protests and groups rallying to get his shit banned? Retards

  • YESSIR

    Gucci is the realest rapper and heres why. 1) all other rappers rap about being gangster shooting and killing but they havent done it. 2) Eminem raps about killing he hasnt. 3)Jay z raps in open letter about sending shots he hasnt. 4)Nas raps about how he is a queens thug but he wasn't. 5)Most of the rappers rap about stuff they havent done yet you all support them and say its real rap. 6)When rick ross does it you all claim he is fake and say its fake rap. This shows that hiphop fans are hypocritical and all these real hiphop fan wanna be's are just some unjustified haters whose opinions are just as irrelevent as the swag fag rapper fans. GUCCI KILLED A MAN HE WAS A DRUG DEALER BEFORE RAPPER HE HAS STREET CREDENTIALS HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER THAT RAPS ABOUT FACTS THERE FORE GUCCI IS THE REALEST RAPPER IN THE RAP GAME AND THATS A FACT!.

    • Tapeworm

      you act like the words killer and murderer can be used interchangeably... gucci is a killer but not a murderer murder is in cold blood and premeditated gucci killed in self defence not all people can muster that

    • Anonymous

      GUCCI KILLED IN SELF DEFENSE.....why do people act like he was some hitman or something? Alot of people kill in self defense...I've heard of old women shooting somebody that tried to break in their house...does that give them street cred?. Gucci ain't no killer...he just had his strap at the right time and got if off first. He was prey...that got rid of the predator..point blank

    • Anonymous

      look where being real got him. locked up AGAIN. nigga goes to jail twice every year

    • DJ Donkey

      Tell us more about how ice cream face is so super duper hardcore

  • me

    we have to get out of the habit of using previous wrongs to justify current ones. Consider the other rappers bars as "slipped through the cracks". they were wrong as well. It was bad lyrics period. rap has grown since the days of BIG(aka he didn't have not an endorsement deal with a worldwide company). em is an all time great, but he is a white boy, no way around. never will be viewed the same by corporation or by the media....waste of time pulling all of the previous examples. got your point, but the basic argument of this article still remains bullshit.wrong is wrong...

    • ^

      Everything you say is bullshit.

    • Rozay

      ross the closest thing we got to biggie these days, eminem been raping women for 15 years in his songs and no one says shi. Racism? yea Bawse!!!!

    • Anonymous

      we're not just talking about the days of biggie were talking about today. Jay-Z on monster with nicki minaj He raps about raping women and children. Why aren't you mad at Jay?

  • Big Dan

    Dude, what are you talking about? First off, Biggie's lyrics, I'm pretty sure grosses out anyone who listens to it. I had that on my mp3 and before I deleted, I remember asking again, Damn Puff, how did you let that slide? Biggy was a punk that way - few instances where he tried to offend. Every time I hear some of his lyrics, I think he was trying to out do Nas when Nas talked about kidnapping the President's wife or however that went. Biggie was like hail Mary ..whatever her..I won't even repeat that. Anyway, the Biggie lyrics you referenced where in a song that was never intended to be a radio single and did not really get any play. Rick Ross was going for a single he hoped everyone heard. And I'm sure no one would defend those Biggie lyrics. Just because there was no uproar does not mean folks aren't offended. And I wish y'all would stop talking this censorship nonsense. Obviously (and hopefully, they'd do it for good reasons not just commercial reasons) a company like Reebok can't be associated with that and its their choice. I mean, what would not be censoring, the song gets played anyway and whoever does not want to listen to it can turn it off? Common. Yeah, there are lots of songs that should not be on the radio and I wish radio had not gotten into the group that does not care what our kids are listening to. I personally would do something about all those songs you are complaining about. We don't approve. I cringe when I hear some Weezy songs on the radio, and I have not even heard him talking about rape.

    • Anonymous

      Jay-Z wasnt really rapping about rapping children and women it was a fucking metaphor

    • Bigger Dan

      Just because YOU cringe, does not mean that other people do, which is part of what he is trying to say. Just because you seem to have a problem with this music does not mean that other people do. Some people consider it an art form. Reebok is hypocritical for backing Rick Ross only until there is an uproar in the media. Obviously they would not have dropped the endorsements if no one had made such a big deal about his lyrics. Just like he said in the article, you cant have a problem with hip-hop talking about certain things (such as rape) and then include it in movies and other forms of media. Double Standards at their finest.

    • Anonymous

      You just said Reebok can't be associated with rape lyrics but in the article it states that Jay-Z also has deals with Reebok and when Jay-Z rapped about raping children and women in the song Monster Reebok did not disassociate themselves with him. You dont understand the article.

  • Anonymous

    RA da rugged man always speaking the truth

  • rick

    there need to be a new genre of music called, "sensational rap" because most of these guys lack creative intellect when it comes to writing rhymes. There are a million ways to express yourself without going so low. Then we wonder why the word "nigger" is still alive today, we have not evolved as a whole only a few. this is a job for hitler, lets eradicate the dumb, deaf and blind.

  • jus10

    BOTTOM LINE: Rick Ross is still NOT Hip Hop, guilty or not.

  • sheybklyn

    I think half of you need to re-read what was written. In short, he is defending the art of the music. The censorship. He did NOT say Em didn't catch any heat, nor is this about white & black, like the Anonymous idiot down there mentioned. Every time you feel like you don't understand a topic of hate, you default to racism. RA, great write-up. And for any of you that cannot read between the lines, well, your just simple-minded.

  • RA.SUCKSCOCK

    RA trys to play the game as well twisting words and refrazing them. like biggie saying "i thought i was the illest " about him . dude he didnt say that refering to him being good he was be interviewed and said that to the guy meaning is this interview about me or him he also creates his own hype and self acclaimed legend dude you suck

    • Anonymous

      ^^ You sound offended. Is that you RA writing that comment? For the record, your only good verse ever was Uncommon Valor. Everything else I've ever heard is complete garbage.

    • Edmonton Sun!!

      LOL, you suck!! Take your jealous, female tendencies somewhere else.. Rugged Man is a legend!! Next time you go to comment on anything, i hope you choke on your typing finger little boy.

  • Tyler the Creator

    Hey this is Tyler from GolfWang! (Wolf Hayley) Iff you dudes wanna hear some truly awesome rape-rap then check out my catalog, be sure to boycott, Pickett, bitch & moan, and complain on blogs about my music and lyrics that glorify rape and murder because controversy sells! Yours Truly ~Tyler the Creator~

  • Anonymous

    Everybody that's White & Corny has taken this random mixtape lyric from a mixtape song off of a mixtape rapper named Rocko and went bezerk. If Emenim had a song saying the exact same thing there would be no outrage because white-skinned people love Emenim and he gets a pass for threatening to rape his own mother or murder his daughters mother. If you rap about putting an aphrodisiac like Spanish Fly in a chicks drink just imagine the witch-hunt! God forbid you slip Molly/Extasy in a chicks champagne. Rappers should stick to white-friendly topics like Black-on-Black genocide and murder so they won't risk losing endorsements.

    • Bram Gesink

      Yeah you're right Eminem is the only rapper mentioned in the article who also said bad things. Its not like Jay-Z, Ludacris, Big L, Biggie, and lil Wayne were in it too. Let's just forget all them so we can complain about racism.

    • bolddebauchery

      best comment on hiphopdx ever. the cold hard truth

    • Edmonton Sun!!

      molly = mdma..... it's not extacy, only an ingredient, and learn how to spell if you're gunna comment on a grown man and legend's article.. And say mixtape again bitch, say it!! LOL

    • youradumbass

      Right because Eminem never had public protests or politicians trying to get his shit banned, please... dumbass

  • T.B

    When did eminem get a pass? Anyone remember the lyric "Pickett signs for my wicked rhymes look at the time?" Eminem received the most backlash for every lyric he's rhymed that was remotely controversial even before twitter and Facebook. He fed off that negative energy and flipped it into album sales. He used his rhymes and a satiristic type of way and other times just in a way to get a response. He was a beacon for controversy. But the thing was Eminem and all these other rappers wasn't continually raping and things like this in their thirties which doesn't make it acceptable. But at the same time we have to remember we are all hypocrites and we accept what we want to accept and give reasons for it "but too short made me laugh like a hypocrite I played it a hypocrite I stated though I only recited half omitting the word bitch cursing I wouldn't say it me and dawg couldn't relate until a bitch I dated" "Oh, you want me to watch my mouth, how? Take my fucking eyeballs out and turn them around? Look, I'll burn your fucking house down, circle around And hit the hydrant, so you can't put your burnin' furniture out (Oh my God!) I'm sorry, there must be a mix-up You want me to fix up lyrics while the President gets his dick sucked? Fuck that, take drugs, rape sluts Make fun of gay clubs, men who wear make-up Get aware, wake up, get a sense of humor Quit tryna censor music, this is for your kid's amusement (The kids!)" But you know who knew?

  • Anonymous

    i think when he said "I took her home and enjoyed it and she ain't even know it" he was referring to his MICRO PENIS she didn't even know it because his cock was so tiny she felt nothing

  • Anonymous

    A lot of the pressure put on rick ross because of that line wasnt coming from the hip-hop community but other groups.

  • Anonymous

    Ross has atleast 5 songs where he mentions rape despite claiming "we don't condone that" "Is it how chain swing Tired of my face Telling lies gettin' niggas wives tied up and raped"

  • Anonymous

    Allowing a man who is role model for alot of todays youth to glorify rape in his music and get away with it because alot of others rappers did it too is just as bad as being hypocritical about the situation. Maybe this will send a message to all the other rappers that its not right to talk about rape in music which should be main goal.

  • Anonymous

    imo rick ross's line glorifies rape while alot of the other songs you mentioned didnt. Personally i dont support any rape lyrics.

  • Pierre

    Not to burst your bubble RA. But all those things were complained about and still are being complained about, in case you didn't notice the insane amount of outcry at Eminem's lyrics in his Slim Shady days (and still to this date) the same goes for Biggie. It seems like you've forgotten all these things selectively. Also it's kind of boring and creatively bankrupt, and Rick Ross trying to substitute lyrics that actually have a modicum of thought or respectability to them with blatantly offensive and attention-seeking dribble is both an insult to himself and other people. It's almost insane how defensive a lot of people are about rape culture and pointless obscenity. Kids eating shit in Salo, 120 Days of Sodom had a point, because it was trying to force the viewer to observe fascism at its most base level and indict the viewer in a way that essentially inferred borderline participation in the act as there is nothing the viewer himself will, or can do. It's interesting, it has a purpose. Rick Ross was just being inflammatory for no particular reason other than to be obscene and produce a reaction. It's uncreative and stupid, and it's also more uncreative and stupid that you would support him in his total lack of self-respect. It would do Rick better if you, as his supposed friend, would help him learn to make himself a better artist instead of falling back on the age-old techniques employed by hacks everywhere.

    • Anonymous

      Well said. If RA really wanted this article to be considered a different angle of this controversy he wouldn't tack something childish like "choke on a dick" at the end of it.

    • Anonymous

      True, it just seems like hip-hop is coming down on rick ross more because he is more in the spotlight now.

  • Anonymous

    It just shows there is a lack of respect for rick ross in hip-hop.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous 3, everything you say is bullshit. The hip-hop community has no love/respect for Ross; just the pop community.

    • Anonymous

      "..in addition to collabs with just about everybody in the HipHop/music industry that's relevant." yet he still cant sell a milli

    • Anonymous

      Thats not out of respect, its out of money. Rappers work with each other because of money.

    • Anonymous

      The HipHop community has love and respect for Rick Ross which is why he has 5 Gold albums and a roster of talented MC's on his label......in addition to collabs with just about everybody in the HipHop/music industry that's relevant. The pressure is coming from outside our community from people that are so oblivious that they actually believe that Ross's random lyric is the worst thing heard on a mixtape in 2013. I still applaud Ross for his superb bsiness acumen because he makes the HipHop Cash Kings on the Forbes list every year without having to go platinum to get paid......that Self-made hustle is inspiring to other hustlers and threatening to non-hustlers.

    • Anonymous

      thats why he cant go platinum

  • slyce

    Again an article misses the point. We understand fiction, wild depraved fantasy for what it is. It might be distasteful, but we understand that it is something dreamed up by a rapper. Ross normalized rape, part of a fun night out for him. He might engage in fiction, (being a drug dealer etc...) but his verse portrayed not an idea of the dark side of human nature but his sadly twisted idea of what would be fun for him. I am deeply sad that the Rugged Man would miss this so obvious point.

    • Anonymous

      @anonymous wtf is wrong with you? "I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it" is nothing else but rape! Doesn't matter what the fucking drug is you idiot. He had sex with her without her consent. That's rape! You also can't tell the difference between fiction and something meant to be true. Ross was spitting some shit that he presented in a way that made it sound like he would actually do it. None of Eminem's lyrics ever sounded realistic and were clearly fiction. Your lack of intelligence astounds me

    • Anonymous

      Again you miss the point. Not everybody like you is stupid enough to think that Extasy is a Date-Rape drug or that Ross was referencing rape when he rapped that she didn't know he actually enjoyed the sex. Stupid freaks like you can listen to an Emenim song like "3:A.M" we're he butchers and rapes humans like its a sport and not feel the least bit offended because you are sick hypocrites. All this phony outrage is laughable and I hope Tyler the Creator continues to rap about raping pregnant women so that all the critics can give him a pass due to his "creativity" while crucifying Ross for a misinterpretation that is nowhere on the level of the sick and depraved shit that Tyler creates.

  • Anonymous

    The real question is why does anyone listen to rappers who tell them how broke they are. It's like a poor white person in the south voting republican. Ignorance knows no color.

  • SMH

    YEEEAHHHH YAWL Rick Ross rapes women- OH MY GOD- He really rapes women! Woooow who knew. I'm so offended, how could he??? Quick call the National Guard Rick Ross is a rapist- true story. HIP-HOP IS SO SO REAL. Eminem raped his MOM! OH NOOO!!! Ice-T KILLS COPS!!!! Jay Z went to CUBA!!! Say it ain't so! Meanwhile in the REAL WORLD...

    • Anonymous

      one of Ross's baby mommas is a hooker!!!!!! He paid her to fuck and now hes paying her for 18 years

    • Anonymous

      We all know how difficult it it is for multi-millionaire entertainers to get free pussy. I'm sure Ross would have to rape a groupie.....I just hope he dOesent put Molly in her Champagne because that Molly shit be having bitches do backflips and cartwheels in your driveway for 10 hours straight.

    • Anonymous

      its actually very believable that ross rapes women though. i mean who the hell who want to jump into bed with a 400 pound lard ass like this. just imagine how bad he stinks

  • Anonymous

    I heard this man R.A. The Rugged Man was raped.. they had dude bent over and a bunch a dudes was takin turns on his asshole he was cryin like a baby yet he got erection cuz it aroused dude there was more meat goin in and outta his asshole than a slaughterhouse it wasnt kosher thou

  • Nick

    I never liked ross since he claimed "Noriega owed him 1000 favours." He's always been a clown. I don't like jay either. I can't respect him for how he did Calvin. But his lyric alluding to a commoun tactic throughout history of rape and pillage is nowhere near the same as ross explicitly how he date rapes girls

    • Sadness

      Are you some kind of childish idiot? Did you really believe Ross was owed favors by Norieaga while the rest of us normal people recognized it as simple braggadocio lyrics? Let me help you out geek-boy: No Nas never dated Sade....it was lyrics No Biggie never sodomized a boy with a broom....it was lyrics No Emenim was never forced to perform fellatio on his step-father....it was lyrics No JayZ did not kidnap his enemies baby-mother and try to rock her to sleep....it was lyrics Maybe you should take a journey through N.W.A's catalog and bitch and moan about the slaughter and rape of 1.3 million women or you can keep acting like a typical geek that dOesent know the difference between a Roofie and Mollie.

  • Anonymous

    PEOPLE ARE SIMPLETONS THAT'S ALL. THEY FEED OFF NEGATIVITY TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEIR OWN FUCKED UP LIVES. ROSS IS THE LATEST TARGET.

  • i

    u have to be dope to be offensive

  • Marcus

    Now every geek, dyke, and wannabee is going to believe that Molly is a date-rape drug and when they put that Molly in a bitch Chamagne they gonna be surprised when shes talking their ear off and dancing for the next 24 hours straight.

  • hip hop

    bop alloy - another day in the life

  • Anonymous

    time to grow up and make hip hop more like jazz underground rap will always be better

  • Anonymous

    RA pushes the line all the time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efbS9hFmnc4

  • Eric Wright

    The difference: Eminem, Jay-Z, Big L, etc either show or used to show lyrically genius in a way Rick Ross can only dream of. They are established, Rozay is a flash in the pan with an ear for picking sick beats and a making a catchy hook. Those other performers were geniuses at pushing the limit with dark humor that wasn't supposed to be taken serious. Slim Shady, the black frank white, etc Rick Ross is just simple ass no alter ego using Rick Ross. I mean fuck, Molly only makes bitches around here go nuts. He should have rhymed rufilin with strugglin and hustlin and used that corny ass line in his song.

    • Anonymous

      You nailed it with this "Those other performers were geniuses at pushing the limit with dark humor that wasn't supposed to be taken serious" Exactly the point

  • Jay Anonymous

    You're right, Rick Ross is an artist, and artists offend. But the fact that they are artists does not in any way shelter them from public opinion or backlash. People are just as much within their right to spit at Ross as they are to spit at Picasso. The 'oh its art' thing works to keep people out of jail and free from persecution from institutions, the same isn't true for persecution from public opinion. Second, yes, there are plenty of rappers that rap about rape. But the difference between all of those you mentioned and Ross' lyric is meaning. Eminem chose rape as gorey form of satire, Biggie when talking about the meanness of his streets. Jay uses it as a metaphor for his monsterness. Ross doesn't do any of those things, he uses rape as a throw-away line that does not fit a purpose. As for Wayne, he has sex with women all over his lyrics, he generally doesn't rape them. So no, Ross is neither in the same league as these gentlemen, nor referring to the act the same way. As for Reebok really, you're going to complain about a company whose stated objective is to make money off its sponsorships? Do you really think Ross didn't know what would happen as a result of this? And yet he still went out with the 'misinterpretation' line? Hip hop as a lot to do get away from its misogyny, but this article is mostly just poorly written nonsense and will provide people with evidence that hip hop does not deserve to be called Art. Stop giving hip hop a bad name and try and formulate an full thought next time.

  • Manny Faces

    I respect R.A. and I understand his points, but nah. It's hip hop growing up and realizing things are fucked up. Back then, most hip hop heads were younger. Now we have daughters. It's evolution. Not hypocrisy.

    • Anonymous

      @2nd anonymous As another commenter said "Those other performers were geniuses at pushing the limit with dark humor that wasn't supposed to be taken serious" If you can't handle dark humour, are you going to get every bad movie banned as well? But, clearly Ross wasn't joking around, and that is the problem here. He made it sound cool, and as though he would actually do it. No other rappers (including DMX) ever sounded realistic. It was all a performance.

    • Manny Faces

      Yes. Growing up. As a segment of the hip hop audience gets older and more mature, there will be more and more lashing out against what the segment of hip hop that is still immature is doing. You can hear it all the time. The "old school" heads who are ranting against "today's music." Sure, they often just sound old and grumpy and bitter, but there are some who are figuring out how to protest against certain things, or advocate for certain other things. I wasn't saying that hip hop as a whole is mature, I was saying that because hip hop is now old enough as a music and culture, two different clear divisions are becoming clear. And the older/mature minded are now becoming of thementality, and in a position, to go against some of the things they feel cross a line. It's not hypocrisy. The "rage" against negative hip hop has always been there, just that in the past it was oblivious and uninformed congressmen and church leaders. Now, it's becoming actual participants in hip hop culture who are growing up.

    • Anonymous

      This idiot just said HipHop is growing up. LMAO! Yeah at the peak of YMCMB's popularity with Drake, Wayne, & Nicki selling millions of records he's gonna say HipHop is "growing Up". STFU. Rappers will continue to rap about murdering Ther human beings and nobody is going to care and when Emenim drops another Rape/Murder song his fellow white-skinned apologists will give him a pass because it's "satire", I wonder what excuse these freaks will give DMX for his rap about raping any daughter over 15.......oh I forgot its just DMX's "Dark Man X" persona so he gets a pass.

    • Anonymous

      exactly its all about integrity now STOP THE BULLSHIT

  • AI

    Where was the outrage when oldheads did it? It was there. It just so happens that technology today allows the average consumer to voice discontent easier and quicker.

  • Anonymous

    I think it's important to note that Eminem, Jay-Z, Biggie, Odd Future, Big L, Ludacris and Three Six Mafia and Ice-T weren't CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS

    • Anonymous

      So Nat Turner, it's ok to slip molly into a girls drink which could precipitate her becoming more promiscuous and enjoyable in the sack? What Rick Ross was saying was that it was funny that he did that and she never knew it. What Rick Ross described was fucked up and tasteless. And totally pathetic cause' why should a rap kingpin need to use methods of coercion or deception to get a girl in the sack? Just showcases that he's either just straight immoral or he thought he needed to drug a girl to increase his chances of getting in bed and having a better experience with it.

    • Anonymous

      thanks for the drug info you junkie! by the way eminem never lied about making racist pop songs directed at black females, he KEPT IT REAL

    • Nat Turner

      Why is it that freakish suburban weirdos like you are obsessed with a Black man that had a legitimate job? Are you equally outraged at the rappers who sell poison in their community and coerce women into prostitution? Huh? Rozay spent a year as a C.O. when he was 19 years old back when Emenim was making racist rap songs directed at Black females and free-styling using the N-Word. If all these so-called "street" rappers don't have a problem with Rozays teen employment history then why should a geek like you care? It's laughable how you ignorant outsiders are so lame that you misinterpret a rap lyric about "Extasy/Molly" and turn it into a date-rape scenario when everybody that's every used Molly/Extasy knows that it keeps you up alert and awake which would make it impossible to be date-raped.

    • Anonymous

      so that justifies what they say in their lyrics? you obviously must not comprehend what was said on this article

  • Anonymous

    Ross has a freedom to say whatever he wants but Reebok also has the freedom to stop doing business with him when he starts to fuck up their money

  • Anonymous

    we dont fuck with fake ass rappers who locked niccas up

    • Anonymous

      C.O. search inmates for drugs! even their assholes! C.O.'s assault and rape inmates and steal from them too

    • Lonnie

      Anonymous wannabees who have never been to jail go online and say the silliest things. ...you Catfish bloggers have zero credibility, many C.O's come from our community and make it possible for us to survive and have extra priveages while keeping the racist white-skinned C.O.'s from abusing us and killing us.

    • to oz. f

      Calling someone a dumb ass for never being locked up is the most asinine thing I've seen today. congratulations on all your "street cred"

    • Anonymous

      Man I was locked up and CO's are just as bad as cops. Fuck a bitch ass CO.

    • Oz. F

      Your dumbass has obviously never been locked up before. He was a C.O not a street cop he don't lock em up he keeps them in check once they are locked up

  • Anonymous

    So wait, does that mean we just don't say anything about this shit. Rape lyrics are fucked up, even if it's art. It just makes it bad art. So, yes, asking the media and corporate sponsors respond by dropping these guys demonstrated some hypocrisy, but mostly in the collective sense. Also a good dose of collective ignorance of the issue in the past. But it's a slippery slope fallacy to equate what has happened with Rozay to book burning in Nazi Germany. This wasn't government/militaristic force asking for this stuff to be removed from the public domain. Also, the consumers of this music need to be called out just as much for being willing to listen to this music without considering what that which they purchase represents. Sure, let these artists say what they will, but hell if I'm just gonna act cool about these lyrics being uttered. I find it to be in bad taste...beyond shock art. And, yes, maybe I've listened to artists in the past that had tasteless lyrical content. That doesn't mean I can't be willing today to acknowledge that I'm a growing and more understanding person today because this Rozay incident has made me more cognizant of what I really listen to and if it is actually worthy and good art. Being an evolving and thinking human being shouldn't be considered to be hypocritical behavior. Also, if this public controversy results in sponsors being more conscious about which artists they sign, than I think progress was made. This was a pretty well thought out article that failed to address some of its own fallacious points within the argument. It enhanced the conversation, indeed. But it also didn't have the guts to say, "maybe people beginning to more thoroughly examine the content in the lyrics they hear isn't such a bad thing. Maybe 'jumping on the bandwagon' is also a demonstration of change towards asking more from artists out there."

  • DJ

    I think when Notorious B.I.G or other rappers (even Odd Future) have rapped such lyrics, in regard to rape, it was under the guise of 'characters', whereas Rick Ross usually takes a first-person type role in his lyrics. Biggie was Frank White, Tyler the Creator is Wolf Haley. Rick Ross is --- Rick Ross. So people are judging his lyrics seriously, because he claims to have actually sold drugs, he claims to actually be this big Don. I think that's where the shock and disgust comes into play. Additionally, as we continue to become more equal and inclusive artists, we still have to be mindful of the weight of our words. Rick Ross is free to say as he pleases -- he is an artist, you're right. But--in the light of a young girl committing suicide after gang rape, and in a greater understanding about how we portray and talk about women, I think he deserves the backlash that he took from saying what he did, because ultimately, he was being 'himself' -- Rick Ross.

  • Sica

    I agree with this, but at the same time rick ross describes how he does it, and is more a literal type of raping/druging not a metaphorical one such as "an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation:" There is a fine line between an artistic view and a literal view that all rappers walk. Officer Ricky is always under fire because he is a corporate fake, or his history as a fake: used a name of a popular drug dealer, an ex correctional officer, portraying to be ganster(pissed off the GD's), and other things. Don't be quick to criticize the criticizers, you'll be a hypocrite. At the same time the others should be held to a standard and I don't really care for jayz, em, or weezy anymore; they're old and need to retire. ...and don't say "Oh he has more money than you" thats irrelevant to the conversation and something a simple minded fck says when he's proven wrong.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ It doesn't matter what the fucking drug does idiot. It was the line after that is the problem.

    • Oz. F

      Have you ever popped a molly? If you have, you would know its not a date rape drug like roofies or zans where the victim blacks out and has no recollection of what happened. This is phony outrage.

  • Reality

    Its just the way our society has gone...With the internet and all the social media, we feel we have more power than we should. Everybody is quick to call for someone's job behind the keyboard, then go on about our day feeling we did the right thing. 1st thing's 1st...we need to stop trying to please all these whinebags who think their way is the way of the world, and everybody else is wrong. With all that said, we know this is how it is and Ross can't complain...it's a chance you take when you go for "shock value". Eminem was heavily protested in the beginning of his career and got thru it, he didn't lose sponsers cuz he didn't have any. But if Ross wants to be a businessman, then he needs to understand that he's playing with fire when putting out content like that. Reebok doesn't need Ross, they can scoop up any of today's generic rappers and apply the same marketing

  • Nat Turner

    Excellent and well-written article. Hypocritical weirdos acting all outraged over some vague lyric about Extasy/Mollly being slipped in a chicks champagne is laughable considering the fact that the #1 selling HipHop artist on the planet (Emenim) is the king of rape/murder lyrics and his reward has been diamond selling albums and major endorsements from international brands like Chyrsler with his commercials being aired during the Superbowl. You can't stop Rozay from winning, he's a C.E.O, his MMG arist Wale has one of the hottest songs out this year with an album dropping this summer & MMG/Bad-Boy artist French Montana is killing the streets with an album dropping this summer....MMG artists like Meek Mill, Rockie Fresh, Gunplay, and Stalley are eating good right now. Losing the Reebok endorsement didn't stop Rozays hustle he simply sold his stock shares in the company and reinvested that money into his other endorsements (Belaire Rose, Ciroc etc).....multi-millionaire hustlers don't allow one roadblock to stop their grind. The saddest thing about this entire fiasco is that squares and geeks outside the HipHop community actually believe that Molly/Extasy is a date-rape drug when in fact it's the exact opposite.

    • Anonymous

      maybe he thought the original poster was a female. you're the one who automatically has GAY THOUGHTS

    • Billy

      One of the white bloggers responded to this article my referencing Rick Ross penis engaged in a homosexual act. I'm not homophobic but gay people always find an excuse to create homosexual visuals during normal discussions.

    • Anonymous

      Get Ross' dick outta your mouth. He sucks.

    • Anonymous

      "French Montana is killing the streets with an album dropping this summer" that shit is gonna flop like a pancake

    • Anonymous

      "Wale has one of the hottest songs out this year" HAHAHAH good one

  • argrtg

    I agree with this, but why do you discuss Gay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Feminem that's not hip-hop, just some corporate sellout makeover teeny-bopper pop sluts

    • Miko

      Callin eminem not hip hop is just fucking retarded. He was no doubt the best MC of early 2000s, his new music is lame no doubt. but he can still rap.

  • CUDOS

    Thank you sir. William Roberts is an easy target. Hip hop fans are the worst on earth. They don't support the music and they accept being target by every fucking so-called "activists". Most of them rappers and bloggers are hypocrites.