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Rick Ross Says ‘U.O.E.N.O.’ Lyrics Misinterpreted For Date Rape

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Rick Ross is in damage control mode, attempting to calm complaints about his references to date rape on Rocko’s song “U.O.E.N.O.” (pronounced “You Don’t Even Know.”)

During a recent interview on New Orleans radio station Q93.3, the Maybach Music Group rapper said his lyrics were misinterpreted.

“I want to make sure this is clear,” Ross said in the interview posted on Funk Master Flex's blog. “That woman is the most precious gift known to man. It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used.”

Ross continued, “I would never use the term rape in my records. As far as my camp, hip-hop don’t condone that. The streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that.”

He said he wanted to reply to his female fans that had expressed their concerns. “I just wanted to reach out to all the queens that are on my timeline and all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that had been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding,” he said. “We don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”

Ross explained why he had not responded via Twitter. “There’s certain things you can’t tweet,” he said. “There’s certain things you want people to hear your voice.”

On “U.O.E.N.O.” that appears on Rocko’s Gift Of Gab 2 mixtape, Ross rhymes about putting a drug into a woman’s drink before taking her home and having sex with her.

Ross raps, “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.”

Molly, also referred to as MDMA, is known to enhance sex and is considered a date rape drug.

Some are not accepting of Ross’s apology. “It is insulting & egregiously offensive that @rickyrozy’s explanation for his date rape lyric is that he didn’t use the word ‘rape.’ “___”,” D. E. Sanchez wrote in a post on Twitter.

Before Ross’s response, another Twitter user, The Sample Life, also complained. “@rickyrozay shame on you for bragging about date rape, you have a daughter, you should make the world a better place for her to live in.”

More than 600 people have signed the Change.org petition, rick ross: Publicy apologize for glorifying drugging/raping a woman.

I’m also disappointed by Ross’s apology. It was a good idea to make it clear that he does not condone rape, but it is insulting to imply that the lyrics are not referring to sex without consent. The lyrics are straightforward: He slipped a drug into a woman’s drink and had sex with her without her knowledge. He should have just admitted that the lyrics were a mistake that he regrets. But I’m sure an admission of guilt would not have gone over too well with Reebok with whom he just signed a new endorsement deal.

I suggest that Ross revisit MC Lyte’s “Mickey Slipper” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Infamous Date Rape.”

Yahoo! Music’s request to Rocko for comment was not immediately returned.

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