Apparently, Rick Ross thinks it’s ok to have whatever he wants. I mean it makes sense right? C’mon he IS Rick mf’ing Ross which means he is entitled to whatever or whoever he wants, no questions asked. O wait, you’re probably as lost as Little Bo Peep in Motown. Let me explain. In a recent verse on Rocko’s “You don’t even know it” Rick 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.
Ok so now that we’ve established the fuck up lets unpack the bullshit. The Stebeunville rape trial taught us that many people think its ok to have their way with a woman if she’s knocked out and its not rape if she’s not penetrated by the penis. Rick Ross revealed that he actually has no, none, not an iota of respect for a woman’s right to choose or her body. He gloated and publicly broadcast that he 1) Drugged a woman with a substance that is very unstable and has too many side-effects to list 2) In order to take her home, have his way with her, all without her knowing.
It’s not uncommon for rappers to brag in their music about participating in illegal activities. But, usually these acts are promoted because they are respected by the community as necessary means to achieve an end. While most agree Ross is wrong for promoting rape. Some say they don’t think Ross’ lyrics crossed the line because rap music is notorious for encouraging problematic, dangerous, and sometimes heinous behavior. Hell no! This is different on so many levels.
Crime, violence, and drug dealing are wrong. Context is everything tho. So, in the context of the hood crime, violence, and drug are accepted as alternatives to achieving “The American Dream.” Not saying its right to glorify these behaviors but some might argue they are survival tactics for enduring constrained and oppressive economic and social conditions. Rappers list the amount of weight they pushed, women smashed, and haters hating as proof of their status. These men pride themselves on having women freely and openly beg them for permission to give them head. This is why Rick Ross confession that he has to drug and rape women pushed rap foolishness to the lowest plateau. What purpose does this serve? Stroke his obese ego?
If this is where rap is going it is truly the end. Yes I was upset about lyrics promoting gang violence and gun culture. Yes I am disturbed by the antipathy expressed towards women. But never would I have expected a rapper to boast about slipping a woman a drug and forcing himself on her. Most definitely the last straw. The worse part is that Ross has yet to issue an apology or speak on the matter at all.
For me, this lyric indicates that Ross has gotten A LOT besides himself. He must think he’s untouchable. Embedded in this statement is the thought that women are an object and taking one is the most powerful way to assert your masculinity, authority, and demonstrate your dominance. Fat Daddy’s vision is all blurred, the lifestyle and bullshit has truly stunted his morality. Women are not things, to be taken, used and abused, and discarded when no longer gratifying. Ross admitted to A CRIME. That’s just like Boosie rapping in a verse that he hired a hitman to knockoff a rival… William Leonard Roberts II must be PROSECUTED.
Most troubling of all is that Ross, like many people, doesn’t think this is rape. Rape is done in the shadows, premeditated by an unknown person who forcefully and physically restrains a screaming woman fighting to escape capture. Yes, this is one form of rape. Another is the friend, confidante, partner who refuses to take no for an answer. Refuses to obtain consent. Consent is verbal, given during consciousness and clarity. Whenever a woman does not freely express her desire to engage it is a problem. A huge problem.