Redemption: Buy Back The Block

Is Rick Ross’ verse from ‘Buy Back The Block’ a sign of maturation or mere empty words?

downloadRocko released his single U.O.E.N.O. the week of March 26, 2013. Rick Ross’ verse on the track altered his crossover into the mainstream music scene, maybe for good. “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.” Those were the thoughtless words Ross uttered.
That verse started a windstorm of backlash and criticism for the self-proclaimed Mayor of Maybach Music. Ross was accused of endorsing men to date-rape women. The media, along with Corporate America, was absolutely relentless. First off, his verse was retracted from the hit single. On April 12, 2013 Rolling Stone reported Reebok had severed endorsement ties with Ross in lieu of the controversial lyrics.

Rick Ross may be finally on his way back from his brand-tarnishing verse I just alluded to. ‘Buy Back the Block’ is a huge step into positive light. The single was released on November 17, 2016. Here’s an up close look at Ross’ lyrics.

“It’s time to buy back the block, buy back the block
It’s time to buy back the hood, buy back the hood”
“It’s time to clean up the ghetto, a dope boy want to shine
Time to buy back the ghetto, talkin’ one brick at a time
I sold a few records, I bought me a Checkers
Wingstop well invested, so Taco Bell left for breakfast
I seen a few M’s, it’s time to touch me a 100
So let’s put up this money and let’s go half on the Sonics
I might buy me 10 Denny’s, I might buy Family Dollar
Cut it to 50 Cent, I got a job for your father
I’m tryna help with the rent, I come up from the strength”

Lyrics in this verse show growth and maturity in Ross’ mind set. Well, at least for song purposes. However, I’m going to take this song for what is. A statement that ignites awareness in our community. In every Hood and every Ghetto there is at least one person who made it. The problem isn’t finding someone that made it out. The issue is finding someone that makes it, then returns to help rebuild.

Hopefully this song is a depiction of actions to come, not just talk. Hopefully we can have more of the successful individuals to commit to altering our neighborhoods positively. Hopefully we can unite together to buy back our community one brick at a time, no pun intended. Hopefully This Song..Is Not Just a Song!!

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