Radio Station Pulls Lil Wayne & Rick Ross Music, Rozay Apologizes [Details]
Rucuss staffMarch 28, 2013
A Michigan radio station has had enough with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross’ music.
With both rappers under fire for lyrics that many feel crossed the lines of decency, WUVS-LP 103.7 The Beat in Muskegon, Mich. has decided to pull the plug on their music. The radio station will not play their music on the air anymore after being fed up with the disrespectful and violent lyrics portrayed in some of their recent songs.
“Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVSlp 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation,” WUVS-LP said. “We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.”
Lil Tunechi found himself in hot water last month after he compared assaulting a woman’s anatomy to the beating of Emmitt Till. On the remix of Future’s Karate Chop, Weezy said, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p—y up like Emmett Til.” After the backlash, Epic Records quickly took out the verse and issued an apology to Emmitt Till’s family.
WUVS-LP decided to pull Rozay’s music after he released the song, You Don’t Even Know,where he raps about slipping a “molly” into a woman’s drink and having sex with her without her knowledge. Ross’ verse,”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.”
In the radio station’s full statement, WUVS-LP believe it’s time that hip hop starts taking some responsibility. Read the statement below.
The questions have been asked, Is Hip Hop Music Destroying America, Is Hip Hop A Threat To Our Children or Should Rappers Be Accountable For Their Lyrics? You be the judge. Earlier this year the song “Karate Chop” leaked online featuring rapper Lil Wayne. He raps, “Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till.” A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was released called “You Don’t Even Know It.” Rick 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.’ Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far?”
“Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many. The family and estate of Emmett Till have released a statement of disapproval over Lil Wayne’s disregard and disrespectful lyrics. Though his record label issued a statement of apology, the rapper has yet to do so. In the case of Rick Ross, a petition has been started over his blatant disregard for women and the issue of date rape. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that over 300,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted per year in the United States alone. That is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. His lyrics not only condone the behavior, but he boasts about it in the song. While some feel it’s only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message. Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we. Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVS-LP 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation. We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.”
Meanwhile, Rozay said it was a misunderstanding with the term rape. He told a New Orleans radio station that ‘he doesn’t condone rap and he’s not with that.’
Watch Rozay address the song around the 4:43 mark.
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