Rick RossI’ll make this brief. Rick Ross sucks.  The end. I kid, I kid.

Rick Ross sucked long before his ridiculous song that features him bragging about date raping a woman. Lots of folks have had really smart and thought-provoking things to say about his rapey lyrics. Some folks have petitions going and one brave radio station in Michigan has banned ALL songs by Rick Ross and fellow rapper Lil Wayne (in light of his Emmett Till foolishness).

Generally speaking, I don’t believe in the power of petitions for things like this and I don’t own a radio station, so what’s a regular Rick Ross-loathing gal like me to do?  Simple. I don’t support shit I don’t like. I hate to even add to his Google-ness by writing this piece, but I had to at least say something.

We get rid of the Rick Rosses of the world by not buying their music. Period. If something doesn’t sell, it doesn’t get marketed and does not get spins on the radio airwaves and in nightclubs. I’m all for freedom of speech. I’m also for my right to not allow ignorance and clownish capitalism masquerading as artistry into my space.

I hope Rick Ross is not serious about this date rape stuff and that he made that up the same way he made up a gangster life for himself and appropriated the name of an actual, living gangster. Either way, he’s being a clown and not even a funny one. Lots of people have written about why the lyrics are awful and harmful. No need for me to re-hash the obvious.

On a side note, can we also get rid of French Montana? That “Ocho Cinco” song is the most degrading, misogynistic piece of crap I’ve heard in a long time.

I’d like to end on a positive note because this post was filled with so much controlled rage for all things Rick Ross. Want some good rap music? Check out Killer Mike, Kendrick Lamar, heck even Jaden Smith.

Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.

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  • Mommy

    Wooo, I enjoyed this article; well-written and concise. I feel the same way about this joker.

    • While I understand the argument the author of this article is making, I don’t believe this will stop just by not buying their music. The sad reality of it is, most people don’t really listen to what is being said in this music (which is ultimately bullsht anyway). People don’t care what’s being said, all they want is a bumpin track to ride to. Currently, Rick Ross, Frenchie, Tity B– I mean, 2 Chainz, and all those dudes are ridiculously popular, and that will not change any time soon.

      I’m not saying protesting these cats won’t work. Look at what’s going on with Ross right now. He actually went live on radio and made an attempt to apologize or something. If these things are brought to public attention, there is indeed a chance that people will think before they buy. But the fact remains that there are a lot of people who simply don’t give a damn. They’ll continue to support these fools no matter what. And they make up most of the population. Ultimately, this is a societal issue. Boycotting is a fix, but an impermanent one. We have to eradicate the culture of violence and misogyny if we want to see a substantial change. The question is, how can we do that?

  • 2 Pac

    I agree that the line is messed up but I HATE when people say “I don’t listen to hip hop” then try to talk about it. I can’t talk about country music, because I don’t listen to it.

  • MCross

    If you actually listen to the words of Killer Mike and Kendrick Lamar, they arent that positive either. Definitely a step above Rick Ross/French Montana. But let’s get real. Kendrick and Killer are still calling women bitches and hoes. Ain’t nothing positive about that. I have a love/hate relationship with hip hop. There is NO happy medium

  • AJ

    I cringed when I heard “Ocho Cinco” for the first time. My mouth literally hit the floor..SAD
    My days of rap are over and have been over for quite some time.

  • triple six mafia

    whoever said juicy j sucks needs to kill themself. hes a legend 20 years in the game. how many other rappers can say that? MAFIA!