The firestorm behind former security guard-turned-rapper Rick Ross’ lyric that promotes date rape is burning strong. The lyric describes how he will slip something known as a molly into a woman’s drink, take her home and have sex without her knowing it. Many people are pressuring the rapper to apologize for his words only to be shunned by an interview where he said that it was all a “misunderstanding“. SMH.
Meanwhile, the suits within the industry that promotes Ross will remain silent. They will continue promoting rappers that are more than willing to degrade women for the right price. Before we know it, another so-called artist will fuck up, probably worse than Ross and the whole cycle will start all over again.
Fans of Rick Ross will support him. Those backing him will say how it’s the parent’s responsibility as to what they should listen to. There will be people blaming rappers like Ross on single parent homes ran by mothers. Some will put the blame entirely on the rappers. And there will be the usual “It’s just entertainment” excuse.
At this point, I’m sick and tired of the music industry’s brand of what rap and hip-hop is. I’m sick and tired of the constant obsession with industry execs looking for the most lyrically laziest rapper in existence. I’m sick and tired of the industry obsessed with the gangster gimmick, searching for wannabes who will parade themselves around as bling-laced thugs with a criminal background when their rap sheet is nonexistent. I’m sick and tired of ‘mass-produced’ songs with virtually the same voice tone, same lyrical flow, same content and same beat, but by different corporate rappers. I’m sick and tired of the same, tired assed materialism, degradation of women, and glorification of drugs, intraracial violence and all around ratchetness as if it’s black authenticity. I’m sick and tired of the closed minded assumption that these songs and videos are “proof” that the entire black race thinks this bullshit is cool. Above all, I’m sick and tired of the (mostly) white male dominated music industry and their spineless slaves.
Let’s get this straight. I still love rap and hip-hop. I’ve grown up listening to it since I was able to walk and talk. But, you can not deny that it hasn’t gotten this bad until music executives decided and determined what constitutes as rap and hip-hop. The music that was created as a voice for the oppressed against power became a voice for power while rallying oppression. In other words today’s beloved mainstream hip-hop artists, or any other artist for that matter, are nothing but mere slaves for the modern plantation.
That’s right, these the rappers that are loved by many whose songs are played on rotation on radio stations across the nation and whose videos appear on music video channels are just house negroes who are just dogs for the oppressive music establishment. How ‘gangster’ can they be if they kiss the asses of their oppressors with their songs and images?
This has been an issue for years. There have been numerous protests and petitions asking for a balance in content. It’s obvious that the industry could care less about the damage it’s doing. Like any other corporation bent on more profits, money speaks louder than words. What can be done to make them be held accountable for their “business practices?”
There is hope in the form of independent rappers who do not succumb to the whims of the troubled business. There are true artists who speak out against oppression, violence towards women, violence in general and any other social ill that the industry thinks is marketable. Those artists are not only outspoken, but are highly talented. They don’t dumb down their lyrics for anyone, not even for the sake of being spotted by a top record label.
The music industry will avoid any and all responsibilities for their part in this issue. As you know, the overprivileged hates to be held accountable for anything they’ve done wrong. Yet, if we are to push rappers like Rick Ross to be more responsible for their content, we must also pressure the industry to do the same thing. If we are going all the way, we must address this problem in its entirety as it’s more than just a media problem.
Violence against women were around long before the advent of rap and modern media. This is more than just a case of an ignorant rapper with a warped attitude towards women and sex. It is the entire culture of oppression against women, a culture where date rape is ominously common and hidden. It is imperative that men and boys – not just women and girls – must be taught the truths about rape and misogyny. It can start with action against the media companies that promote this form of oppression and profit by it thanks – in part – to musicians like Rick Ross that spread this nonsense, but by no means will it and can it end there.