With both the popularity of “U.O.E.N.O.” and the controversy surrounding the record, the song’s creator, Atlanta rapper Rocko, has found himself in a position where he may “have to change” the record if he hopes to take the song to mainstream radio.
Rocko spoke on the record, which has been engulfed in controversy thanks to Rick Ross’ verse, during an interview with New York City’s Hot 97 earlier today.
“The record instantly became a smash over the All-Star Weekend and stuff like that. It just became a smash in the streets. So with me, I feel like I’m a street artist so I feel like the record with Ross that will always be the original record,” Rocko explained. “But because of the type of attraction the record has as far as like radio and all over the country and things of that nature it puts me in a position to where I have to change it.”
The “U.O.E.N.O.” crafter later revealed that there are quite a number of artists who have recorded verses for a new version of the song. Among those artists is Young Jeezy who Rocko confirmed did pen a verse for the song but couldn’t confirm if the rapper will in fact appear on the updated version.
“In life you have to put everything on the scale,” said Rocko. “You know what I’m saying? If it’s not weighing up then you just have to do what you have to do. With all respect to the homie Ross…It’s crazy because it’s a Catch 22. Cause it’s like I don’t want to take him off…It doesn’t matter who I put on the song that’s gonna always be the original version of it. It’s not like I can do another verse and be like, ‘Okay, this the original right here.’”
Audio from Rocko’s interview with Hot 97 can be found below (via HotNewHipHop).