Slim Thug & Earl Sweatshirt Criticize Reebok For Dropping Rick Ross
Slim Thug & Earl Sweatshirt say that Reebok's reasons for dropping Rick Ross negate why they would ever partner with him in the first place.
In the wake of yesterday's news surrounding Reebok ending their endorsement deal with rapper Rick Ross, some have come to the Maybach Music Group founder's defense. Sharing "the boss" moniker with Rick Ross, Houston, Texas emcee Slim Thug seemingly took umbrage with part of Reebok's statement, which read: "Reebok holds our partners to a high standard and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so.”
The former Star Trak/Geffen Records artist took to Twitter to point out, that prior to what was believed to be lyrics endorsing rape, Rick Ross has always represented himself as a former drug lord-turned-rapper.
They ain't care about all the dope he was rapping bout selling when they signed him but now they tripping after all that promo— slim thug (@slimthugga) April 11, 2013
Slim Thug, who's previously worked with Rick Ross, added that he also believes the "U.O.E.N.O." lyrics aren't really implying rape:
All I'm saying is its a rap song and he didn't say he bout to rape a bitch so he shouldn't have lost a deal over it— slim thug (@slimthugga) April 11, 2013
In 2010, Slim Thug last released Tha Thug Show on eOne Entertainment.
UPDATE: Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future shared Slim Thug's sentiments. The Los Angeles, California-based emcee who is currently signed to Columbia Records also tweeted of the fact that Rick Ross has discussed selling drugs long before Reebok agreed to enter such a partnership:
this rick ross shit is ridiculous this nigga has been a prominent cocaine / mass murder rap bro since i was like 10 wtf fuck reebok— Earl Sweatshirt (@earlxsweat) April 11, 2013
niggas need to get off his head. if you like how his music sounds than listen to it. if you dont then dont listen to it and shut the fuck up
— Earl Sweatshirt (@earlxsweat) April 11, 2013
Meanwhile, the group that led last week's protests, UltraViolet, has come forward to praise Reebok for deciding to sever ties with Rick Ross in their own statement.