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Rocko replacing Rick Ross' lyrics in controversial rap

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Rapper Rocko is replacing Rick Ross' controversial lyrics on his track "U.E.N.O. (You Ain't Even Know)" and releasing a more radio-friendly version of the song.

Ross sparked outrage last month with his guest appearance on Rocko's track, which appeared to condone rape after referencing spiking a woman's drink with drugs and engaging in sexual activities without her knowledge. The hip-hop star has since apologized for his words, but Rocko has chosen to distance himself from the controversy by releasing an alternative version of the song with a new verse to replace Ross'.

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In an interview with radio station Hot 97, Rocko, real name Rodney Ramone Hill, Jr., admits it was a hard decision to make as he didn't want to offend Ross, but recognized he would have to change the words to make the record commercially viable.

The record instantly became a smash ... in the streets," he said. "So with me, I feel like I'm a street artist, so I feel like the record with Ross ... will always be the original record. But because of the type of attraction the record has, as far as ... radio and all over the country and things of that nature, it puts me in a position to where I have to change it."

Said Rocko: "Right now, I have six different verses from all type of different, talented artists ... but I haven't put the record together yet. In life you have to put everything on the scale ... If it's not weighing up then you just have to do what you have to do. With all respect to the homie Ross... it's a catch 22. 'Cause (sic) it's like I don't want to take him off ... It doesn't matter who I put on the song -- that's gonna always be the original version of it."

23Comments
Apr 13, 2013 1:21AM
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So would they be rappin' rapers or rapin' rappers?
Apr 12, 2013 12:30PM
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if he was even ok with using this without the public's outcry shows that he is a loser just like Rick Ross and that Rap is a joke now and is for loser's.
Apr 12, 2013 11:38AM
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RAPE IS WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... if you need it that bad... PAY FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 12, 2013 10:51AM
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If this song had come out last year, or anytime before the high profile Steubenville rape case, no one would even care about the "Offensive" lyrical content.  I can think of at least 10+ rape references in hip hop songs, from 10+ different rappers (including Chart busting, grammy winners), including references about performing sex acts on unconscious women.  I think hip hop artists (the ones that want to be commercially successful) are unfairly asked to straddle a line.  Artists like Eminem and Lil Wayne fuel record sales on the controversial lyrics that they write, however if they cross the line they are chastised, spurned and burned.  The problem is, the line constantly shifts due to public interest and what are currently "Hot Button" topics.  I guarantee Ross' lyrics on this song would have drawn a little forum hate, maybe some message board arguments, minor protests, and the like, but would NEVER have made national news coverage or lost him his Reebok endorsement in 2012, because obviously if Reebok didn't care about his body of work up until last month, they certainly would have ignored Ross rapping about yet another harmful criminal activity if watchdog groups weren't barking.  Rape is a terrible crime, that has been occurring since the dawn of time, all of this enthusiasm about "Rape Culture" really could have benefitted these poor victims if we the people had fought harder for Rape Awareness and Prevention years ago before talking about rape became a way to get your name, your cause and your foundation in the news. Artists like Tori Amos have fought for years to bring attention to victims of this crime, but only now is it a national hot button issue because it is happening to middle-class to wealthy kids in suburbia instead of the way it happens to poor girls every day in the downtrodden neighborhoods in a dirty metropolitan area.
Apr 12, 2013 10:05AM
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If you look at his fat ugly @ss, you can see why he would have to drug a women to have sex with her...
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