Rick Ross’ controversial lyrics cost him significantly this week when the rapper’s contract with athletic apparel brand Reebok was terminated. The Maybach Music Group head has been under fire for several weeks following the release of a song called “U.O.E.N.O.” The song features Ross rapping about drugging a woman and taking her home for sex—and “she ain’t even know it.”
Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet started the petition and organized the protest against Reebok that ultimately resulted in Ross being dropped and while many women applauded the group’s effort and Reebok’s decision, several rappers have voiced their disapproval over Ross’ “mistreatment.”
“Damn haters won,” Houston rapper Slim Thug tweeted after the news of Ross’ termination. “I bet them ppl protesting dnt even buy Reebox freedom of speech if u dnt like it dnt listen to it.”
“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,” the Houston rapper continued.
“But I guess ppl put rape over murder cause ppl can talk about killing n—as all day that’s cool but u put a b—h on Molly…” he added.
Young Money rapper Tyga also cited “freedom of speech” earlier this week in voicing his dismay at the backlash.
“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. 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].”