Rap & Rape Culture: Rick Ross

So, over a month ago to date, I was trolling my Twitter timeline and came across an update by @Hollywoodheat that contained a link to the latest(at that time) release by Rocco featuring Rick Ross entitled”U.O.E.N.O.”. As I am always, more than not, known to give any song a shot, I played the hypnotic bass line and witty hook laden track. I was nodding along until I heard Rick Ross state, “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 was completely swamped in a wave of incredulity. I immediately made updates to Twitter and told Bri(@BShariseMoore) about the lyrics. It would take over a month before most of the Black blogosphere and celebrated academic figures would strum up enough attention to the statements for Rick Ross to feel the need to reply.

 

 

it is never acceptable to drug a woman and have sex with her while unconscious.
My initial reaction to the lyrics is mainly informed by an understanding that no matter the legal ramifications involved, it is never acceptable to drug a woman and have sex with her while unconscious. I have read the defense of Rick Ross that “mollies” are not depressants, but my rebuttal is that Rick Ross is a salesperson that is selling an image laced with whatever verbiage the listener can presently relate to. His use of the term “molly” is not so much important as him stating in his story line that the woman he is discussing does not know he has drugged her, and his implication that he has “enjoyed” this woman, that by implication of the drugging, is too intoxicated, or unconscious, to know she is being “enjoyed”. These are Ricky Ross’ words, not mine. This is the story line, regardless of whatever loose interpreted contradictions might be interjected with respect to the effects of a “molly”. The damn “molly” is not important. The idea of cowardly drugging a woman without her knowing and “enjoying” her without her knowing based on the degree of her intoxication per the lyrics is what is salient here.

 

 

The second argument is from the guy known affectionately as ‘Officer Ricky Ross’ him Self. According to the interview, he states that he did not use the term “rape”. This is, fundamentally, one of the overall concerns addressed in the discussions built to attack rape culture. The idea is that most men, and more importantly, young men that one day will grow into older men, do not have an understanding of what rape consists of outside of an overtly aggressive physical use of force. For more than too many of us men, Rick Ross does not appear to showing (as opposed to telling) us a rape scene via his lyrics, and yet, this is exactly what he has done.
Rape is any act whereby there is a party that has not consented.
Rape is any act whereby there is a party that has not consented. “Consent” is not just stating a “yes” or even looking as though one might be going along. A significant other that refuses to have sex, but is coerced into the act for fear of whichever reason a significant other might be manipulated by. In the same vein that many endure the most vehement forms of domestic violence, a person can be raped by a significant other, or spouse. There Is never a justification for rape. The debate that I eschew the most is the one where I have to concede that there is a posture that even Black men have to accept as privilege when we imbibe the Western White aggressive culture that says “sex is a form of conquer” and that “men are entitled to sex from women”. And these thoughts appear not just in underground rap culture, but also in the thinking of middle class USA.

 

 

Rick Ross paints the picture of status possessing, entertainer “enjoying” the night-life where any woman that he wants to “enjoy” is mere item in a vending machine. He pops in the coins, and she swirls out for his disposal. The manner in which he “pops in coins” is that he intoxicates the woman without her knowing. In this same manner, high school age males dragged, carried, and swung the intoxicated body of a sixteen year old girl throughout their town, delivering her in what should have been tried as a kidnapping from place to place to be raped and violated. This incident is no different than what Rick Ross depicts in his lyrics. A rape committed by intentionally getting a woman intoxicated and “enjoying” her while she is too inebriated to know. The overall question is not whether Rick Ross “needs” to rape a woman or not, it is why we have allowed a culture that Jay-Z calls its “white hot” demographic 15 year olds to be so callous that Rick Ross feels no compunction painting an image with him Self as main agent raping a woman.