Compton rapper Tyga has now become the latest artist to share his thoughts on Rick Ross’ controversial “U.O.E.N.O.” lyric and the backlash that quickly followed. Tyga seemed to come to the defense of Ross during an interview with Justin Credible when he was asked about the recent criticism the rapper has received.
The Young Money artist went on to state that Ross was merely demonstrating “freedom of speech” on the song. He also pointed out that “U.O.E.N.O.” is not actually the MMG founder’s record.
“It’s like freedom of speech,” said Tyga. “People act like they don’t condone it. Like you can’t say what you feel. You know what I’m saying? It’s just stupid,” said Tyga, before addressing Rick Ross’ “U.O.E.N.O.” lyric. “What he said that’s just freedom of speech. It wasn’t even his record. For them to do all that off of a mixtape song that wasn’t even his is kinda like – You just got those groups they just wanna [petition].”
Tyga’s currently dealing with a situation somewhat similar to that of Ross'. According to the rapper, his upcoming performance at Harvard University is being boycotted by a group who believe that Tyga promotes “sexism and rape culture.”
“I wanted to speak on that because this weekend I’m performing at Harvard, which is one of the most prestigious universities in the world,” Tyga revealed in a video posted on HotNewHipHop.com. “There’s a group on campus that are protesting to not have me perform because of my lyrics. And they said I promote sexism and rape culture…At the end of the day people have the right to have opinions. I have the right to have an opinion. And I have the right to say what I want on my music cause it’s my music. If you don’t like it, don’t click on it, don’t download it. I think it’s just getting out of hand with the whole like people looking into it too much.”
A number of protests and petitions have spawned over the past weeks thanks to a lyric from Ross on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” On the controversial song Ross raps, "Put molly all in her champagne, she ain't even know it / I took her home and enjoy that, she ain't even know it."