Talib Kweli Calls Rick Ross ‘A Misguided 40-Year-Old’


| April 3, 2013 - 6:31 pm

“‘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.” —Rick Ross

Four lines with so much impact. Four lines that might cost Rick Ross his Reebok sponsorship. Four lines that have led to serious discussion about rape culture in hip-hop and on a broader scale, the state of hip-hop as a whole.

Ross’s lyrics in the Rocko track “UOENO” have spurred Twitter debates and discussions between some of the industry’s intellectual heavyweights. In a recent Huffington Post interview, Kweli used his blunt and forthright voice to take a bold stance against Ross’s lyrics.

“I don’t care if Rick Ross is 40 years old; he’s a misguided 40-year-old person,” Kweli explained.

Ross apologized in an interview with New Orleans radio station, 93.3, last Thursday. He described to the DJ and listeners, “Woman is the most precious gift known to man. And there was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation.”

Kweli wasn’t buying it. “Rick Ross condoned rape in that song… and he should apologize,” Kweli said. “His apology that he offered was unacceptable.”

Do you think the apology was enough, or should Ross take it further? —Shannon Powell