Talib Kweli Speaks Out Against Rick Ross' Rape Lyrics

posted Tuesday April 02 ,2013 at 10:05AM CDT | 202 comments

Talib Kweli Speaks Out Against Rick Ross' Rape Lyrics

Talib Kweli points out that Rick Ross' apology for the "U.O.E.N.O." perceived rape lyrics "was unacceptable."

On Monday (April 1), Talib Kweli appeared on Huffington Post's HuffPostLive segement with host Marc Lamont Hill. While appearing, the Brooklyn, New York emcee reacted to one of Hip Hop's bigger stories of late: Rick Ross' perceived lyrics condoning rape in the song, "U.O.E.N.O."

"I don't care if Rick Ross is 40 years old—he's a misguided 40-year-old person," said Kweli, who recently collaborated with Ross affiliate Lil Wayne. Kweli was also aware of Ross' apology, submitted late last week, where he said that the lyrics were not referring to rape and that it was "a misunderstanding." "Rick Ross condoned rape in that song ... and he should apologize, and his apology that he offered was unacceptable," said Talib Kweli.

He was joined by Ebony editor Jamilah Lemieux, Washington Post columnist Rahiel Tesfamariam and activist Rosa Clemente.

Within Talib Kweli's catalog, he made the bonus song, "Four Women" on 2000's Train Of Thought album by Reflection Eternal. The Nina Simone-inspired song spoke out was a critical statement on the mistreatment of women.

UPDATE: You can watch the full discussion, added later today, by Huffington Post.

RELATED: Rick Ross Tries To Clarify Rape Lyric, Says It's A "Misunderstanding"

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  • DudeFromAfrica
    lol this was almost a pointless debate, if you don't like something just let it be & stay away from it... simple...find something else that makes you happy... kwelis point about different moods is true.rap is very powerful but many dont realise it has a lot of flaws as an art; i love hip hop (esp rap) but i believe it could've evolved into a really beautiful art than what it is today; i mean as long as you can drop bars and rhyme on a dope beat despite what ur message is, and people buy your stuff- its safe to say that eventually nobody will know what rap is anymore,lol. if you really think about it; it doesn't have rules, it hasnt for a LONG TIME and now we want rules?? its a bit too late..maybe when rap started out rules would've been a good idea, but in rap whether its a cypher or top 40 chart- dope is dope, and wack is wack that's it... majority rules, its exactly like politics... if u dnt like something or someone vote for someone else or dont vote at all if nothing makes u happy.. whether your influenced by propaganda or by personal opinion or ignorance, do what makes u happy. its how the world works.. i consider classical, opera, mozart, poetry(yes i know), jazz as arts- they have rules & constraints that make some people happy. hiphop is too opinionated, misleading and contradictory on its own level... but regardless, i still say: just stay away from things you dont like and keep some things to yourself; hence which is why i end up creating my own playlists so i can listen to the songs that make me happy- hey thats just me anyway right? loving some of the comments here though. Peace
  • Reality Jones
    Since when did "Molly" become a Date-Rape drugs? Are people really this square or just bored? The only rapper that can get away with raping about rape is Emenim because none of these rappers will speak against him for fear that they lose their careers. I wonder how these activists feel about their hero Biggie using rape lyrics in "Dead Wrong", or Tupac being convicted of sexually abusing a woman? These hypocrites are laughable because they still worship Emeneim after his raps about rape towards his own mother.
    • Anonymous
  • 80's and 90's Hip Hop Head
    @G So let me get this straight Eminem is another level of greatness how? Yes Eminem has a good flow and he's been doing his thing but 90% of his Raps were about drugs, drinking Alcohol, raping Women, killing his Mom, disrespecting others even making fun of Black Women in one of his old songs etc #GTFOHWTB acting like you know what greatness is. You want greatness go listen to Rakim, Nas, KRS 1, Andre 3000, Big Daddy Kane, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Chuck D, Dead Prez, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Roots, Common, Paris, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) etc. Fake Ass Hip Hop Fans frontin like you know what real Hip Hop and greatness is, take your wack ass and get outta here B
    • TaZzZ
      Why does everyone sell Eminem short like he wasn't the best rapper in the world for at least 5 years. If this was 2003, you wouldn't have a leg to stand on, its only because he has dropped some subpar shit that ppl say anything at all. Ask basically any emcee on that list you got if Eminem isn't a top 10 emcee. I've seen interviews with Rakim, Kool G Rap, Nas Chuck D and Pharoahe all praising him, saying he was the last emcee to actually impress them. Those cats are all amazing in their own way, but aside from Andre, Pharoahe, Thought and Mos Def, none of them are fuckin with Eminem's lyrical dexterity. Paris, seriously? C'mon man, I've listened to everyone of those artists but aside from the one's I named, none would hop on a track with Em in his prime...
  • G
    Eminem is another level of greatness muthafuckaz, stop comparing him to Rozay, rozay is just a fat nigga that spits some none sense shit, Eminem is a legendary hip hop icon, and come on, rozay similar to biggie??? Are u guys retards or what da fuck is yo problem, nowadays hip hop suck, but nowadays hip hop fans suck more than the current hip hop itself!
  • dentaldamboy
    Fakest rappers in the game right now: Lil Wayne-never was a gangster/blood, only person he shot was himself, kisses men on the lips, pretends to be a rock star/skater, only crimes he commited was having drugs and a unregistered gun he never used Birdman-biggest poser/snake in the world, kisses Wayne on the lips, doesn't have a criminal record Rick Ross-pretends to be a big-time drug dealing gangster, was really a C.O., acts all tough until he gets shot at by real gangsters and acts like a bitch Tyga-claims to be from Compton, really comes from the Valley, never had a criminal record Drake-claims to start from the bottom, grew up privileged, was a child actor on Degrassi Nicki Minaj-rips off styles from Lil Kim and Lady Gaga, claims to be hood, does shitty pop music
    • Nateup
      Thank you
  • gwap waffles
    she hot
  • JRich
    Is there anything Talib Kweli doesn't speak out against?
    • phd.engr
      So what are you saying, don't speak out and say your opinion? This is America you fucking moron
    • JRich
      Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. It takes a pretty acute mind like yourself to pick that one up, nice job. And thanks for the quick geography lesson, I almost forgot that this was America. Thank God for people like you
  • Anonymous
    So what if Ricky like to get his rape on, bitches aint shit.
    • Troll
      come join us
  • Tha Bay
    Wake me up when Talib goes copper, or even wood for that matter. The lower bottom guppies always play the crab in a bucket role. Ross is fake as shit and I dont fucc with him. But, Talib is a nobody! I cant name one song hes ever made that I would put on replay. More important, I would never even read or click on a topic about him. He gets NO play in Tha Bay! A nobody vs. A Cop, Wow!
    • Anonymous
      Good joke.
    • TaZzZ
      Kill yourself...
  • mynameismyname
  • mynameismyname
    Their is not 1 Eminem/D12 album where he doesn't mention rapping or assaulting a women in some form or another.. Listen to the intro to Recovery
  • mynameismyname
    Eminem has made a career making songs about raping women, but he is still looked at as "deep" (the great white hope)
    • Hmm...
      Well em is overrated for sure... but to be fair hes not absolute worthless trash like ross. That may have something to do with the double standard.
  • Anthony Wallace
    If you dont have an issue with his wack apology or think what he said is okay then you are a SUCKA!