Rick Ross May Not Even Know It, But AZ Hip-Hop Isn't Down with Date Rape

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When rapper Rick Ross proudly proclaimed to having the detestable ability of slipping psychedelic stimulants into the drinks of unsuspecting ladies, he did more than upset a few women activists and anti-sexism organizations.

Shoe giant Reebok dropped Ross as a spokesperson in April, and local grassroots movement Artistic Reason AZ saw an opportunity to make a statement against mainstream hip-hop and its penchant for lyrical content that glorifies violence against women.

Ross infamously rapped, "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," as a guest spot on Rocko's track, "U.O.E.N.O."

ARAZ joined forces with local emcees Vprolific and MysticBlu to pen a response track.

Up on the Sun: How did the idea to come up with a response song come about?

Danielle Nieto: Artistic Reason AZ is a grassroots artist collective that advocates for social justice through the arts. Seeing as how misogyny and violence against women is a consistent theme in the rap industrial complex or what people like to unfortunately refer to as today's "hip-hop" it was important to us at ARAZ that we formulated a response. Glorifying the drugging and raping of women isn't something we take lightly.

The idea for the response track was born out of Vprolific and I discussing the lyrics and the controversy. Both of us were disgusted that this had even taken place but not surprised. Unfortunately misogyny and violence against women in rap lyrics is now common place. What made this stand out however, was the fact that it is a mainstream rap artist therefore reaching the masses with this message. It also stemmed from the fact that we both know survivors of date rape and really felt the call to stand up against rape. Considering Vprolific is a hip-hop artist and I'm a hip-hop activist we chose to use hip-hop music as a tool to respond.

The same beat was used and I asked the artists to keep the same flow as the original artists in "U.O.E.N.O." We just didn't want to respond in a heated way, however. We also wanted to educate people on the realities of rape and rap culture. That is why MysticBlu used facts on rape in the hook and her delivery. It is why Vprolific said, "Could be your Momma they talkin' about, you don't even know it". That is the reality. Survivors are our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and girlfriends. While, men are survivors of rape as well, we chose to focus on women since that is what was reflected by Ross in his lyrics.

What were your roles in the creation of this track?

Vprolific: My role as an emcee was to represent the voice of fathers, sons and brothers in my community and respond in this track as if Fake Rick Ross was directly attempting to hurt or rape our daughters, mothers and sisters. I added a fake in front of this artist name since he is not the real Rick Ross. As the Co-founder of ARAZ and a family member of the hip-hop culture my role for the "U.O.E.N.O. Remix Response" was to educate the masses on the seriousness of rape. As well as translate the response of real men and women who won't stand for such ignorance and hate.

MysticBlu: When I first heard this track I was highly upset. I felt disrespected and disappointed that Rick Ross would be willing to say lyrics like that. I was asked to be apart of this project. I did not come up with the idea, however I am grateful that I could be a part of this.

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What was your first reaction when you heard Rick Ross's verse on "U.O.E.N.O.?"

Danielle Nieto: My first reaction was complete disgust. How could this be injected on the airwaves, the same airwaves that my own child sometimes listens to. I didn't get the memo that rapping about drugging and raping women was acceptable.



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15 comments
Ian Michael Smith
Ian Michael Smith

Rick Ross just admitted he was a rapist he aint even know it

logicman
logicman

Do you think they tattooed his underboobs?

Roberto Contreras
Roberto Contreras

maybe they should put him in Tent City and when he drops the soap in the shower things will jingle jangle along with his Fat A$$ - then he can rap about it after he recovers and can walk straight! What a Disgraceful piece of Garbage!

Danielle Nieto
Danielle Nieto

rape occurs every 9 minutes around the world, pretty sure those survivors find that relevant. healing is a process, not a pop culture trend. peace

Kevin Butler
Kevin Butler

that was like 2 months ago, old news who cares? he can rap about killing people and selling drugs, but oh no!! don't rap about putting mollies in a bitches' drink!! find some news that's relevant smh

Artistic Reason AZ
Artistic Reason AZ

Thanks Anthony! By continuing to stand up and fight back together we will put an end to rape lyricism and rape culture. Respect-D

Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson

I hope he has it happen to him so he can learn first hand what date rape means to the victim. Some people will say any old shit just to get attention; the pathetic little "man"

prisonabolitionist
prisonabolitionist

ARTISTIC REASON AZ Rocks! thanks for the good words and the great download.

Brenda German
Brenda German

Seriously. And the only way this crap will end is when people speak out and let them know it is UNACCEPTABLE.

Carlos Andrés
Carlos Andrés

From the looks of him, I'd venture to say that its the only way this fat bastard can get laid...What a loser!!

heyroze
heyroze

@Kevin Butler Date rape is old news? Celebrating and embracing the rape culture is old news? Thank you for letting us know where your head is at. What do you do to combat date rape?

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