Free speech is clearly alive and well, but accepting whatever is said is something completely different. Rappers Lil Wayne and Rick Ross have been under fire lately for their offensive lyrics, and one radio station has decided to pull the plug on their music.
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First it was Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till lyric from the remix of “Karate Chop” and next it was Rick Ross on “U.O.E.N.O” saying he drugged a girl with a molly before he had sex with her (which she did not know). Whether it is “storytelling” or not, it’s still crass and uncalled for, so The Beat 103.7 out of Michigan said enough was enough. Hot 107.9 has pulled the song “U.O.E.N.O,” which also features Rocko and Future, from its rotation.
The Beat 103.7 released a statement on their website:
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 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.
The also have a petition, which can be found here.
What do you think about them pulling the songs from rotation?