Date rape lyrics anger public

Rick Ross might be liberal with his raps about “yayo,” guns and Jesus pieces, but a recent lyrics about date rape stands out from the rest.

Ross collaborated with Atlanta rapper Rocko for the single, titled U.O.E.N.O., off Rocko’s mixtape Gift of Gab 2. Although the mix dropped in February, the track featuring Ross is just now gaining traction because of a lyric presumably about date rape.

The lyrics in question talk about drugging a woman and taking her home. “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,” raps Ross.

Molly is the powder or crystal form of “pure” MDMA, a substance commonly found in Ecstasy, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). MDMA can be an energizer, distorter and/or enhancer. It is used to “reduce inhibitions and to promote: euphoria, feelings of closeness, empathy, and sexuality,” the DEA has said of the substance.

Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Childish Gambino and Danny Brown are just some of the hip-hop artists who have dropped the term “molly” in a song, CNN’s Marina Csomor noted.

But Ross’ use of molly was different.

“This lyric is obviously promoting rape,” says journalist and hip-hop activist Rosa Clemente in a YouTube response to the song. “Not just date rape, but rape and rape culture and violence against women. We live in a society by the time that African American women and Latina women are 18, almost half of them – 44 percent – have been sexually abused.” (Huffington Post)

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