On Monday (April 1), Talib Kweli appeared on Huffington Post’s HuffPostLive segement with host Marc Lamont Hill. While appearing, the Brooklyn, New York emcee reacted to one of Hip Hop’s bigger stories of late: Rick Ross’ perceived lyrics condoning rape in the song, “U.O.E.N.O.”
“I don’t care if Rick Ross is 40 years old—he’s a misguided 40-year-old person,” said Kweli, who recently collaborated with Ross affiliate Lil Wayne. Kweli was also aware of Ross’ apology, submitted late last week, where he said that the lyrics were not referring to rape and that it was “a misunderstanding.” “Rick Ross condoned rape in that song … and he should apologize, and his apology that he offered was unacceptable,” said Talib Kweli.
He was joined by Ebony editor Jamilah Lemieux, Washington Post columnist Rahiel Tesfamariam and activist Rosa Clemente.
Within Talib Kweli’s catalog, he made the bonus song, “Four Women” on 2000’s Train Of Thought album by Reflection Eternal. The Nina Simone-inspired song spoke out was a critical statement on the mistreatment of women.
UPDATE: You can watch the full discussion, added later today, by Huffington Post.