Rick Ross has been under fire recently for his controversial lyrics in Rocko's song, "U.O.E.N.O.", in which he spits that he slipped Molly in a girl's drink and then raped her. Talib Kweli is the latest figure to go public with his own criticism of the Boss' lines. In a phone interview with the Huffington Post, Kweli says Ross is a "misguided 40 year old", whose apology was "unacceptable".
He is not alone in his displeasure as there is currently an online petition to end Reebok's endorsement of the rapper that states, "By holding Rick Ross up as something to aspire to, Reebok is sending the message that raping a woman is cool." 50,000 people have already joined in condemnation of Ross by giving their signature.
While Ross' lyrics were certainly despicable in their condoning of date rape, he's certainly not the first MC to approach the subject. His rap is actually almost tame to anyone who remembers, say, The Geto Boys, "Mind of a Lunatic" or almost any song off Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP.
Huffington Post Live hosted a 30 minute discussion on the importance of rap's lyrical message and you can jump to the 9:40 mark of the video to hear Kweli's full reaction to Ross. The obvious question this raises, though, is where does artistic freedom end and public censorship begin?