It’s no secret that you can often find controversial and explicit lyrics throughout the world of hip hop, but when does that go too far? Well one radio station feels that both Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have crossed a line they shouldn’t have with lyrics in recent songs.
Towards the beginning of the year, Wayne came under fire for a line in Future’s Karate Chop (Remix), saying, ‘I’ll beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till,’ and just this week, Ross has been under scrutiny for his bars in Rocko’s You Don’t Even Know It, which seem to encourage date rape.
Michigan’s 103.7 the Beat isn’t taking any of this lightly, and is taking a stand against these controversial lines. The station has decided not just to pull those specific songs, but all songs from both artists.
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.
Considering that both Weezy and Rozay are featured on damn near every track that hits the airwaves lately, this is a huge step for a station to take.
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