By now, you’ve drummed up an opinion–one way or the other–about Rick Ross’ line in “U.O.E.N.O.” In his usual husky growl, the Miami rapper spits, “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.”
That bar, so equally vague and visual that alludes to rape, was officially under fire the second it circled the airwaves. Pop culture critics (Marc Lamont Hill), rap stars (Meek Mill, Talib Kweli), feminists and hip-hop journos all came out, guns blazing. Rightfully so, they all clamored about the severity (or creative expression) of Rozay’s lyrics. Sure, we’ve adjusted the volume on worse by hip-hop royalty; and sure, the Steubenville rape case added fuel to this lyrical flame. But the line’s been drawn on this one.
Today, Biggie’s posthumous offspring decided to overshadow his less-than-satisfactory (non)apology with a statement.
“Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.”
PR-perfect. Sincere. Elegant, even. But the timing seems disgustingly off. Caveat: Losing an endorsement deal with Reebok (and having lighter pockets) can be a catalyst for sticking up for what’s (always) right.
God certainly forgives, Ross. Not so sure we do.