By// Mariah Craddick
A radio station in Michigan has pulled all Rick Ross and Lil Wayne music from its playlists, according to AllHipHop.com.While both artists have a history of having terribly misogynistic, violent, and drug-glorifying rap lyrics, some believe that their recent gaffes have gone way too far.
Wayne’s blatantly disrespectful lyric regarding Emmett Till caused outrage earlier this year. While his record label removed the song and issued an apology, the rapper never commented on it publicly. Now, in Ross’ newest song, “You Don’t Even Know,” he raps openly about date raping a woman saying, “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.”
Wow. So this is today’s hip hop?
The station, WUVS-LP The Beat, issued the following statement regarding their decision:
Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many. The family and estate of Emmett Till have released a statement of disapproval over Lil Wayne’s disregard and disrespectful lyrics. Though his record label issued a statement of apology, the rapper has yet to do so. In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States alone. That is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. His lyrics not only condone the behavior, but he boasts about it in the song. While some feel it’s only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message. Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we. Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVS-LP 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation. We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.
What do you think about the station’s decision? Do you think others will follow suit?