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Rick Ross is under fire after his feature in a rap song seemed to glorify drugging women before taking advantage of them.
Ross, the 37-year-old rapper from Miami, Fla., was recently featured on fellow rapper Rocko's song "You Don't Even Know It." In the song, Ross speaks about drugging a woman with a drug made popular in the rap industry as of late- molly.
"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," Ross rapped in the song.
In the petition "Rick Ross, Rocko, Maybach Music, and A1 Recordings: Remove 'You Ain't Even Know It' from distribution & publicly denounce rape," which was created by Brittany Packnett, demands are being made for Ross and his collaborator Rocko to pull the song from airwaves while attempting to hold hip-hop music accountable for its content.
"We demand that Rick Ross, Rocko, Maybach Music Group, and A1 Recordings pull and publicly denounce the song 'You Ain't Even Know It' for its blatant and unapologetic glorification of the drugging and rape of women," the change.org petition states. "Hip Hop music was created to give a voice to the voiceless. Given this history, these labels and their artists should take more seriously their responsibility to lead by example."
Molly, the pure powder or crystal form of MDMA that is known for causing a euphoric effect, has been made popular in rap songs like Kanye West's "Mercy" and Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything." However, some rap fans were taken aback after hearing Ross' latest rhymes concerning the drug.
One person thought Ross was out of line after he publicly admitted to spending a portion of his career serving as a correctional officer.
"Yo @rickyrozay. You should know as a former correctional officer that rape is NOT A PUNCHLINE," the person directly tweeted the rapper. "So much wrong w/this."
Another individual thought that Ross' most recent lyrics were a sign of troubling times in the U.S.
"So Rick Ross is rapping about committing date rape, Beyonce is telling B------ to Bow Down..& NYPD have quotas for Stop & Frisk #America," the person tweeted.
Another person admitted to enjoying Ross' music, but said that the rap lyrics took things too far.
"Rick Ross has made quality music but it doesn't make up for glorifying a lifestyle he didn't live & bragging about rape," the person tweeted. "I'm DONE listening."
Jeff Johnson, a motivational speaker and journalist, recently sounded off on Ross' most recent lyrics in his blog on jeffijohnson.com.
"Rick Ross and so many of the pied pipers of imagery that elevates the worst of us far more than the best are not the root of the problem, they are a symptom. I respect freedom of speech and expression. But I don't have to like nor condone the message," Johnson wrote. "Make your music and your money. No hate. But these messages cannot continue to be made while too many of us stand silent."
Johnson also provided a link to Packnett's change.org petition.