In the new song, “You Don’t Even Know It,” by Rocko, Future, and Rick Ross, the self-proclaimed boss drops a troubling lyric that shows he knows very little about rape.
Just after he opens his verse, 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.”
Starts at 2:09
BRITNI DANIELLE over at Clutch Mag Online wrote a great piece about this.
After reading about the song (and actually listening to it), I immediately took to Twitter to voice my displeasure with the lyrics. I tweeted Ross personally, telling him that “slipping a woman a Molly and having sex with her without her even knowing it is RAPE,” not a dope line.
While many agreed that Ross’ lyrics were irresponsible at best, and downright heinous at worse, predictably someone tried to tell me to relax.
Why? “It’s just music.”
The “it’s just music” line has been trotted out for every depraved verse ever laid over a dope beat. And while I may have been able to separate the two when I was a teen, these days, I can’t pretend that music does not matter.
As a former teacher who spent nearly six years working with young people who consumed every lyric like it was manna from heaven, I can assure you that hyper violent and misogynistic verses are more than “just music.” For some, it’s how they learn how to operate in this world.
Case in point, Steubenville.
The irony of Rick Ross’ pro-date rape lyrics coming on the heels of the Steubenville verdicts, in which an unconscious young woman was indeed raped—and she didn’t even know it—is not lost on me. Neither is the fact two teenage girls were recently arrested for threatening the victim using rap lyrics, or the revelation that up until the verdict (and perhaps even now), one of the perpetrators still thought he did nothing wrong. (Go to the source to get links to this story)</b>
Though rappers are not responsible for every crime committed by their listeners, they do contribute to a culture of dysfunction that leads to incidents where young men think it’s perfectly reasonable to have sex with or fondle an unconscious woman, or young women feel that it’s not really rape if you’re too drunk to scream, “No!”
Rick Ross will inevitably be met with the same sort of backlash Lil’ Wayne received when he compared rough sex to the horrific death of Emmet Till. Or maybe not. We are talking about rape after all.
And with some men feeling so comfortable threatening to rape women who dare speak out against the brutal practice (or really anything), I wouldn’t be surprised if Rick Ross just gained some fans.
(There are some great links at the source about the stories she references in her article so I suggest you guys go to the source and read some of the disgusting treatment sexual assault and rape survivors deal with)