Jeff Johnson Pens Letter to Rick Ross Regarding Date Rape Lyrics

by Hassahn Liggins - Posted: March 26, 2013 at 7:54 am, Category: URBAN

Rick RossThis definitely is story of the “SMH” standard. In the new song, “You Don’t Even Know It,” by Rocko, Future, and Rick Ross, the former correctional officer, Rick Ross spits a very disturbing lyric that alludes to date rape. Just after he opens his verse, Ross raps: “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.”

WTF is wrong with this dude!? Are we letting too much slide in music? Well, Jeff Johnson is feeling a certain way about the lyric and he wrote this very passionate letter to Rick Ross and all men for that matter. Peep the letter in it’s entirety below.

“I started to write an open letter to Rick Ross, or better yet his label, regarding his recent lyrics championing date rape. (But I thought to myself”¦WHY?”¦.They don’t care. Perhaps the letter is better targeted at men. All of us. My brothers, my friends, even myself. Yes”¦.even us so called conscious brothers that condone (with our silence or our involvement) the ideas, images, plots, and actions of violence against our daughters, sisters, and mothers in the name of “harmless” entertainment. We create unsafe environments where those who are blatant and latent predators know that they have full reign to feast off the purity, foulness, ignorance, and/or spirit of our women because we will say nothing. I mentioned purity, foulness”¦etc., because we are the brothers that will make excuses for sisters being abused because they “asked” for it, or because we have to make sure she is also “held accountable” for the “shit she got herself into”. Come on”¦.would we ride that one out if it was our daughter that got slipped a molly, encouraged to take too many shots and ended up the plaything of a male that didn’t deserve her time. Her being 23 at a urban night spot or 16 at a high school party is less significant than the fact that we have the ability to affect the actions of the brothers on the prowl if we were more accountable to each other. Am I saying women have no responsibilities for themselves? No. But REAL men are more interested in protecting a sister, a woman who may have made some poor decisions than justify the sexual or emotional abuse of her because of it.

Men, there is an accountability question at play for us. I have listened to, supported and even purchased some Rick Ross music. I have partied to music that I would not let my kids listen to in the name of it being adult music; when in my heart I know it is not being marketed to adults, but rather pre-teens. I don’t support many of the lyrics of the music I tolerate, let alone buy and I know I am not alone. I need to stand up and say enough is enough. Not with some “clean up the music campaign”, or by picketing BET. If that is your call, I am not mad at you, or saying YOU shouldn’t do it. But I know that there are (For More of Jeff Johnson’s Letter Click Next)