Situations like these make you feel like today’s music is just a lost cause
According to one Michigan radio station, hip-hop has gone too far. WUVS-LP 103.7 The Beat has decided to take a stand against Rick Ross and Lil Wayne by pulling their music from rotation, after being fed up with the disrespectful and violent lyrics portrayed in some of their recent songs. Lil Wayne found recently found himself in a similar situation when he hopped on the remix to Future’s “Karate Chop” and compared the vigorousness of his love making to the beating of Emmitt Till, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till.” Epic Records quickly pulled the track and issued an apology to Emmitt Till’s family after receiving backlash.
The straw that broke the camel’s back happened when when Rick Ross released a song titled, “U.O.E.N.O,” where he raps about slipping a “molly” into a woman’s drink and having sex with her without her knowledge.
Put a molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it,
I took her home and enjoyed, she ain’t even know it
So this is what rap music has come to? Promoting date rape?
In a statement, WUVS-LP The Beat says it’s time that hip hop starts taking some responsibility:
The questions have been asked, Is Hip Hop Music Destroying America, Is Hip Hop A Threat To Our Children or Should Rappers Be Accountable For Their Lyrics? You be the judge. Earlier this year the song “Karate Chop” leaked online featuring rapper Lil Wayne. He raps, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till.” A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was released called “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.’ Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far?”
“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.”
Hopefully this situation will spark some awareness and impact a change.
Spotted over at NecoleBitchie.com