Talib Kweli Calls Out Rick Ross Over Rape Lyric

blame it on Shake April 2, 2013

During a HuffPost Live segment, Talib Kweli called in to share his thoughts on Rick Ross’ recent line on Rocky’s “U.O.E.N.O.” (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) and his bullshit “misunderstanding” excuse. Expressing he doesn’t think Ross is “evil” or that hip hop is to blame, but he does need teaching.

I don’t care if Rick Ross is 40 years old — he’s a misguided 40-year-old person. Rick Ross condoned rape in that song… and he should apologize. And his apology that he offered was unacceptable.

The 35-minute discussion also includes talk of Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till line, artistic freedom and more. Watch after the jump.

  • Hold_It_Down

    “I’m like Frank Ocean at a Chik-Fil-A, I’ll never get served” – TB

    This is the proper way to be controversial without sending a negative message.

  • wat

    My nigga Kweli.

  • faggot

    some dudes are too sensitive nowadays. Talib belong in the same category as Drake in terms of sensitive rappers

    • funsho omojuyigbe

      Its idiots like you that approve of lunatic lyrics and irresponsible acts that makes rappers feel they are little gods!Rape is an insolent act!No normal human should approve of it!FAGOT!

  • HouseOfStark

    How is openly opposing rape and disrespect of a tragic civil rights martyr being “sensitive”. It’s called leadership and being a positive figure. Grow up !

  • I respect Talib but WTF is this are you tying to prove that you are a Bitch or a Man, i don’t see how this effect you let the woman who mad at Ross dealing with him this does not concern you at all, when a nigga get into so many shit by a woman i don’t see niggas calling out the Bitch

  • jwiii

    some idiots posting here approving of date rape

  • marty mcfly

    I never heard the Ross verse or the little Wayne song and im all for artistic expression but if you gonna use somebody like Emmett Till in a rhyme then COMEONSON think about it first. I mean outta all the different metaphors that could have been used… As for the Ross line? Same thing, I mean is rape like the cool thing now? I mean even the fact that someone has to say that these lyrics are disrespectful is a problem. I mean how did Ross not know that rape isn’t really a good punchline? Stop it just stop it

  • hippaToDaHoppa


    You’re very ignorant. Blame has been and still is constantly placed on the female for her own rape, and it’s fucking despicable. There is never a scenario where a woman getting raped is her fault. Someone as prominent as Rick Ross bragging about date raping a lady can have some pretty damaging societal effects (compounding the fact that date rape is already a worldwide epidemic that is generally swept under the rug). The only good thing about this is the fact that it was Ross who said it, so luckily his fake as fuck ass probably never actually did it. Thank the random, infinite universe that no member of womankind had to endure that shit…

  • inside information

    ross is ignorant as fuck but rappers been talking about murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, pimpin, beating their wife, all types of shit for 20 years, why is this line getting all this publicity

  • Haley

    …Niggas acting like Rick Ross is the first rapper to spit a lyric condoning rape. I’ve heard way more blatant and nefarious lyrics from other prominent rappers on the topic.. why is everyone dogging Ross?

  • lp

    I never heard of anyone asking BIG or DMX for an apology.. Talib is constantly praising BIG too, I don’t see a difference.

  • Billy

    Tyler the creator has said much worse….

  • Wolfgang

    okay so everything else rappers talk about is okay, but date rape is crossing the line…. date rape where although terrible.. usually doesnt end in the murder of another human being is crossing the line of what is taboo in rap… Yall should just stop listening to rap, yall aint got the stomach for it.

  • Chi2LA23

    This is just getting ridiculous. I don’t even care for Rick Ross. If he’s talking about rape then don’t listen to him, but to make someone apologize for something just cuz they offended you is retarded. It’s ok for all these rap cats to talk about murdering people and hitting bitches, but you’re going to draw the line at rape? Yes rape is horrible, but so is murder. Saying something about it is different then actually doing it.

    • Slruim

      This ^

  • Oh lord its a song and if we as women wants things to change we need to not buy his music.

  • marty mcfly

    I dont know why people bring up other rappers because clearly we talking just Ross and Wayne and so what if other rappers said other things that are disrespectful? Does that like somehow mean that people cant say that these particular lyrics are foul? I think alot of rappers have a lack of wordplay so they throw in shit for shock value because they cant think of better rhymes but when you talking about raping somebody thats kinda crazy. Im not just shitting on Ross but how of course rhyming about date raping somebody sounds crazy cause thats the only way it can sound. As for the Wayne lyric? Like how are people supposed to take that? Like was that line cool or something? There is no other line that could have been used besides using somebody who was beat to death in a hate crime? Thats ridiculous

  • marty mcfly

    And if rappers rap about killing people, how does that make it ok to rap about raping somebody? Unless your ok with raping people then those lyrics should sound crazy to you cause personally I dont even see how that rhyme even makes sense cause how does rape even come up in a song in the first place? Of course people gonna say Ross is outta line cause thats the only response you can give it.

  • Juicy-G

    I mean Rick Ross is a pretty popular rapper (even though I absolutely hate his music), and he has a lot of young listeners, so if that line were to subconsciously pervade the mind of even one of them, who knows what could happen? I disagree with everyone who says he’s being sensitive, I just think he knew it was a wrong thing to say and took a stand. And I can respect that. And yes, I am aware that other rappers say worse, but maybe this could be a good example for them, or not (most likely). Now should he apologize? No, it is not that serious, but nonetheless I’m glad he pointed it out. This is one of those good, but unnecessary moments in Hip-Hop. Not to say Talib Kweli or any other “conscious” emcee can fix every negative in the game, but they can definitely set the example for the younger ones. So once again, I can respect that.

  • Juicy-G

    But at the end of the day, it will always be Big Pun – Parental Discretion.

  • HipHopGrownUp

    Cam’ron had one of the most infamous lines from “That’s Me” from his SDE album.

    “We kill girls, rape’em, bury their skirts…”

    That line has always bothered me 12 years later…

  • q

    Those lines in X is coming is some of the foulest shit i heard

    “Tryin’ to send the bitch back to her maker.. And if you got a daughter older then 15, Ima rape her. Take her on the living room floor, right there in front of you, then ask you seriously, whatchu wanna do?”

  • Midwestbeast

    The emitt till line was totally disrespectful cuz the pain and agony that young fellow black man went through. For Wayne (whom is black as well) to use his name in that manner shows us what he thinks about our black history. Doesn’t he understand that white folks will b reciting his wack ass rhymes anyways…. Ill prolly bump sum dedication 4 in the future… But still smh @ Wayne & Ross. Niggas would do anything for a lil change these days.

  • TruthHurtsNigga

    Like other’s have said, fuck this hypocrite. The DMX line and the B.I.G ‘make Raven Symone call date rape’ when SHE WAS A FUCKING CHILD, were far far worse than this.

    Also, give Ross and all these other rappers a pass for rapping about murder, extortion and drug dealing, but as soon as rape gets brought up, everyone get on their moral high horse.

  • Wolf Haley

    People acting like they’ve never heard tyler the creato smfh

  • 1

    Co-sign truth hurts

    Ross is still wack though

  • marty mcfly

    @TruthHurts, I mean how high does this so called moral high horse have to be really? The nigga said “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).” I mean so when people say that line is offensive thats them getting on a moral high horse? Isnt the line just offensive? Anyway you look at it? I mean Ross himself went on the radio and tried to clean it up by saying its a misunderstanding so what are people misunderstanding? Sounds like Ross himself tried to get on his own moral high horse about some shit that came out his own mouth cause even he knows he fucked up. If somebody really aint into rapping about rape I dont think thats somebody getting on a moral high horse. I just think thats probably understandable to think that line is ridiculous.

  • RAW

    I never liked RICK ROSS but his a DOPE RAPPER

  • SforMusic

    I think Rick Ross really fucked up for saying that line definitely and he should come with a better apology ( i mean C’mon what’s a 40 year old man doing talking about date raping a female ). That being said, I think you internet activists need to slow down and calm down just cos a conscious rapper decides to call Ross out on it. Rape and Hiphop ain’t new to each other and if you wanted to boycott it, it should have been done a long time ago. But again ppl want to dismiss the past to their pleasure like Hip Hop didn’t have this bullshit then .

  • marty mcfly

    I think Talib came off a bit weak cause he kept saying the lyric was wrong BUT… How is it wrong BUT? Either its wrong or its not and then he kept saying Ross is wrong for saying that but as fans of hip hop culture we all have to love Ross even when he’s wrong. Now how does that make sense? We gotta love him if we choose to say the rape line was wrong? That dont make sense to me. I mean I dont know how you defend rape and that dont mean somebody is on a high horse or an activist it just means they dont cosign rape or making raps that imply rape is ok.

  • Blue2Boy

    William Roberts should have been kicked out of hip hop years ago he keeps getting passes because people say it doesnt matter his music is good and thats all that matters 1 time i can understand but how many times come on be real with yourselves

  • marty mcfly

    Now people gonna say well music has murder in it and violence like that and thats true but go as far back as you can on violence and you’ll see that its always been there in music, Tv, movies, games the history books etc… Im speaking on like guns and street violence and shit but rape? There has never been a time when hip hop was pushing rape or saying that rape was cool. Like that was never really cosigned by hip hop culture so of course the lines sounds a bit crazy coming from Ross. Im done though cause I know some Ross fans out there will get mad but sometimes these rappers say some off the wall shit.

  • marty mcfly

    I was ok with Ross too btw even after the whole C.O shit and after all the repeated drug references n shit and everything but this particular line? I cant really rock with that im sorry.

  • Think

    First off I never even heard the song Ross’ lines are from and pointing them out is good to make it clear rape is not acceptable at all. I just dont think it’s fair to single out Rick Ross on this when there are so many other explicit topics in songs that get play just as much as Ross would. Heavy drug, alcohol, and sex references in each song. No one speaks up as much these days when rappers call females bitches as long the song slaps and women dont mind either as long they “bad bitches” or when they promote the use of various drugs and etc. Ross is at fault here but everyone else making songs should then too watch what they rap about since from what I hear, most the songs today encourage and influence irresponsible behavior; that “as long as you’re having a good time fuck what anyone has to say” type of mindset. Just to be clear I do not condone rape in any form.

  • The sad reality is that in the hood, if you’re part of a gang or in the drug game this is an acceptable lifestyle. It’s an honorable one. There is murder over turf power etc, that is the reality of where a lot of hip-hop artists are from. And there’s a glorification of that lifestyle whether it’s right or wrong. We all love mob movies, we all love boxing, we all love women etc. this is American culture. So when people say, “why doesn’t Kweli have a problem with all those things?” it’s because NONE of us do and all of us have accepted it as entertainment. As sad as that is. Yet we have all grown up correctly with the principle that there’s nothing cool about rape. So that’s why there’s a backlash and there should be. And people bringing up tyler the creator, that man has severely limited his fan base by his previous promotion of rape. I don’t know of any women who listens to that guy. So this backlash isn’t singled just at Ross. As for Biggie and DMX that was before the Internet was out and popping and everyone was voicing their opinions. So let’s not be naive as to why this particular lyric is receiving a lot of backlash as opposed to others.

  • fuck dat fat fuck

    Kweli aint wrong.

  • walking

    Don’t they know my nigga Gutter fuckin’ kidnapExplain kids?
    Fuck em in the ass, throw ’em over the bridge -Big


  • your mum

    hehehe he said pussy

  • edmond

    Most of these kids do not know who Emmett Till is lets be real this chick is quoting Paul Robeson? Totally lost on these kids lets be real.

  • nc0310

    @edmond I’ve known who Emmett Till was since the 9th grade because I was taught in school. Maybe you just received a shitty education.

  • malcyvelli

    anybody that isnt standing behind talibs actions is most likely everything wrong with the rap/hiphop community today, and ive known about emmett till before i hit double digits, anybody still in the dark i just feel sorry for ya bruh

  • malcyvelli

    and big fucking cosign @think

  • spewing

    This line is foul.

    But as people have already said, that DMX line about raping a dudes daughter is so much worse. And I’ve never heard anyone criticise him for it (maybe people have, not sure).

    Seems like a bit of a double standard

  • spewing

    “I’m comin in the house and I’m gunnin’ for your spouse
    Tryin’ to send the bitch back to her maker
    And if you got a daughter older then 15, I’ma rape her
    Take her on the living room floor, right there in front of you
    Then ask you seriously, whatchu wanna do?
    Frustratin’, isn’t it? Wanna kill me, but I’ma kill you
    Now watch me fuck just a lil’ while longer, please, will you?”


  • MESSAGE!!!!

    Rick Ross said “I’d die for this reebok shit, you aint even know it”…..lmfao.

  • RealRapeRap

    these fat lesbians are just mad cause nobody would rape them at a party even if they put a “yes we’re open sign” next to their faginas