Rick Ross has taken to the airwaves to respond to the controversy surrounding his lyrics in the song 'U.O.E.N.O.'.
While the Maybach Music frontman is known for rapping about his luxurious lifestyle, he stirred up a bit of a firestorm with a line in the single that seemed to glorify date rape.
But the rapper said that couldn't be further from the truth. During an interview on New Orleans radio station Q93.3, the Miami lyricist calls the criticism a misunderstanding, saying he doesn't promote or condone rape in any way.
"Woman is the most precious gift known to man," he said. "And there was a misunderstanding with a lyric...a misinterpretation where the term rape was--wasn't used. I would never use the term rape, you know, in my lyrics. And as far as my camp, hip hop don't condone that, the streets don't condone that, nobody condones that."
Ross went on to say that he thinks rappers have a responsibility to clarify their lyrics since hip hop songs are often misinterpreted.
"I feel like us being artists that's our job," he said. "To clarify the sensitive things and the things that we know that really need to be clarified such as a situation as this."
Ross collaborated with Atlanta rapper Rocko for the single, titled "U.O.E.N.O.," off Rocko's mixtape "Gift of Gab 2." Although the mix dropped in February, the track featuring Ross is just now gaining traction because of a lyric presumably about date rape.
The lyrics in question talk about drugging a woman and taking her home. "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," raps Ross.
Check out Ross' response in the above clip (around 4:55) and share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Clarification: The transcription of Ross' comments to the radio program has been updated for accuracy.