Rick Ross' latest song, "You Ain't Even Know It" blatantly glorifies the drugging and rape of a woman, further promoting the rape culture that pervades the country and harms young women daily.
Hip Hop music was created to give a voice to the voiceless. Given this history, these labels and their artists should take more seriously their responsibility to lead by example. The release of Rocko and Rick Ross’ latest song, “You Ain't Even Know It” is not representative of this obligation. It blatantly promotes the drugging and rape of an anonymous woman with the following lyric:
“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.”
The U.S. Department of Justice conservatively estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States, and as the recent case in Steubenville, Ohio unequivocally indicates, rape culture is pervasive and affecting younger and younger generations of victims and assailants.
To be clear, Mr. Ross’ lyrical statement was in more than poor taste or bad timing- it is a disgusting statement permissive of misogyny, sexual assault, and criminal activity, which should neither be excused nor glorified through song.
We stand strong in demanding that Mr. Ross, Rocko, Maybach Music Group and A1 Recordings remove this song from stores and other music outlets and his forthcoming album, and also remove this music video from airwaves and online sites in a good faith attempt to limit its inevitable negative effect on the psyches of impressionable music fans and young men and women.
Mr. Ross, Rocko, Maybach Music Group and A1 recordings should also issue a public apology and explicitly denounce sexual assault and the forcible rape of women, especially through the aid of illicit and dangerous drugs.
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