Who doesn’t love a good rap line about rape, amirite?
UGH. I, along with the rest of the general population, am disgusted by this lyric because rape is never okay. Never, EVER.
After feeling the heat, Rick Ross came out and tried to explain that he didn’t say rape. “I want to make sure this is clear, that woman is the most precious gift known to man. It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used.”
Um…okay. Just because you didn’t explicitly say the word rape doesn’t mean that your lyric wasn’t expressing rape. I’m one thousand percent sure that drugging a woman and having sex with her without her knowledge is rape.
He went on to say “I would never use the term rape in my records. As far as my camp, hip-hop don’t condone that. The streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that…I just wanted to reach out to all the queens that are on my timeline and all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that had been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding.”
Again, just because you don’t say the actual word rape doesn’t mean it’s not rape! The act of taking advantage of someone against their will is rape no matter what term you personally use to describe it.
This is yet another example of rape culture and how lightly some people are taking a serious issue. Rapists can’t use “Well I didn’t say that it was rape so it’s not rape” as a defense because it’s still rape.
Rape isn’t funny and isn’t just an idea that you can throw around without consequence. That song lyric is disgusting and offensive without the word rape in it because it’s still about rape. It wouldn’t be any better if he did use the word rape.
What do you think? Is it rape even if the word rape wasn’t used? Do you believe Rick Ross’s explanation? Tell me in the comments!