Talk Back: Rick Ross & Universal Music Group Promote Rape Culture
“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.”
– Rick Ross of Def Jam Records, Universal Music Group
As the Steubenville case has recently reminded us, THIS is rape.
And it is in a rape culture where a top selling artist like Rick Ross, can glorify sexual violence and grace the covers of Rolling Stone Magazine at the same time.
Why do gatekeepers at UMG and Def Jam Records give these sexually violent messages a platform? Who else is responsible? When will this stop?
Universal Music Group was silent when we called out their CEO Lucien Grainge for promoting music that routinely degrades women of color.
Universal Music Group was silent when Lil Wayne’s sexually violent lyric about Emmett Till was released on the internet.
Will UMG stay silent now, as their artist Rick Ross promotes rape? Will Def Jam simply apologize and allow another artist to glorify rape three months from now? Will Rolling Stone Magazine continue to refer to Rick Ross as “hip hop’s most lovable don?”
Join us to demand that Def Jam and Universal Music Group publicly denounce sexual violence and make a commitment to ending the promotion of sexual violence in their music. Enough is enough. It is time to hold these labels, corporations and their artists — accountable.
Let hip hop activist Rosa Clemente’s response below inspire you as she calls on men to join us and speak out against rape culture.
We support the following petitions/efforts:
Tell NYC’s Hot 105.1 to stop playing the rape song and to cancel Rick Ross performance next Friday. (See image.)
Posted on March 26, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged hip hop, misogyny, rape, rape culture, Rick Ross, sexual violence, Steubenville, Universal Music Group, women, women of color. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.