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Leonard Pitts writes that Rick Ross' misogynistic lyrics show how new generations have to relearn old lessons

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Or at least, that's Rick Ross' story and he's sticking to it. The Miami rapper has ignited a prairie fire of controversy with a song called "U.O.E.N.O.," its title a phonetic spelling of an ebonic pronunciation: "You don't even know." In it, Mr. Ross raps as follows: "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." "Molly," is the street name for the drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), better known as ecstasy. It is a stimulant and hallucinogen. It also lowers a user's inhibitions. The lyric,...

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