BOYCOTT! Like Rick Ross, These Product-Endorsing Artists Have Said Vile Things


Yesterday activists protested Reebok’s flagship store to put pressure on the company to cut its ties with rapper Rick Ross, who recently … well you already know this story. Whether or not the more than 71,000 signatures collected to get Ross fired will work remains to be seen, but Big Corporations don’t typically hold up to this kind of outcry very well. Bill O’Reilly lead an outraged middle America to fire Ludacris back in the day for what O’Reilly considered lyrics glorifying drinking and driving. And, of course, who can forget the time the Caveman was fired from Geico for his song making light of arson?

The point is, protests and boycotts often work. Which got us thinking: What other famous product-endorsing artists have said something terrible? Turns out, quite a few. BOYCOTT!

50 Cent

Companies He Endorses: Vitamin Water, Coca-Cola, and Reebok (Double Boycott!)

Vitamin Water may be delicious, but 50 Cent’s lyrics aren’t. Boycott!

Terrible Things He’s Said:

“Ayo the bottom line is I’m a crook with a deal/If my record don’t sell I’ma rob and steal.” (“How to Rob,” 1999)

“Man this ho you can have her/when I’m done I ain’t gonna keep her/Man, bitches come and go/every nigga pimpin’ know.” (“P.I.M.P.,” 2003)

“Look I don’t have time to blow wit’ a bitch shootin’ the shit/ Now maybe you can loosen up and let me go to work/so I can whisper in your ear while pullin’ down your skirt.” (“First Date,” 2012)

See also: How to Stop Masturbating to 50 Cent


Company He Endorses: Wonderful Pistachios

Pistachios and PSY are equally tasteless. Boycott!

A Terrible Thing He Said:

“Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives. Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture. Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers. Kill them all slowly and painfully.” (Dear American, 2004/12)

Method Man

Company He Endorses: Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids are the best thing ever. But Method Man is not. Boycott!

Terrible Things He’s Said:

Dr. Dre

Companies He Endorses: Beats (by Dr. Dre), HP Computers, and Pepsi

Dr. Dre makes lots of money, but you should stop giving him yours. Also, never forget Dee Barnes. Boycott!

A Terrible Thing He Said:

“Baby was a virgin, that’s what she said/ So I gave her some Hennessy, she gave me some head/ I fucked her on the flo’, so I wouldn’t mess up my bed/ Then Lil’ 1/2 Dead put his dick on her head.” (“Fuck You,” 2001)

Lil Wayne

Company He Endorses: Mountain Dew

I mean, it’s Lil Wayne. Boycott!

Just One Terrible Thing He’s Said:

“Beat the pussy up like Emmett Till” (“Future ft. Lil Wayne, Karate Chop remix,” 2013)

See also: Every Simile on Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II

Azealia Banks

Company She Endorses: MAC Cosmetics

MAC and Azealia are both very vibrant and beautiful, but one of them doesn’t show it via lyrics. Boycott!

Terrible Things She’s Said:

“When I lift the skirt, your nigga never gotta be coerced. Just squirt and he eats the dessert and that’s some real shit” (“L8R,” 2010)

“You sloppy dyke, you wanna lick a bitch. You probably bite, I ain’t about it bitch. You not my type, I need a hotter bitch.” (“No Problems,” 2013)

Kanye West

Companies He Endorses: Nike, MegaUpload, and Pepsi

I mean, it’s Kanye West. Boycott!

Terrible Things He’s Said:

Stay tuned. He’s constantly outdoing himself in this department.


Company He Endorses: Chrysler

Chrysler may be a step up from Eminem’s trailer park, but it isn’t a step up for your morality. Boycott!

Terrible Things He’s Said:

“One day I was walkin’ by, wit a walkman on, when I caught a guy/ Give me an awkward eye (what you lookin’ at?)/ And strangled him off in the parkin’ lot, wit his Karl Kani/ I don’t give a fuck if it’s dark or not/ I’m harder than me tryin’ to park a Dodge when I’m drunk as fuck.” (“Forget About Dre,” Dr. Dre feat. Eminem, 2001)

“Seems like every day i get a little flakier/ The medication is making my hands a little shakier/ Hand me the 18 month old baby, come shake `em up/ It`ll only take me a second to choke his trachea.” (“I’m Having a Relapse,” 2009)

P. Diddy

Companies He Endorses: Ciroc Vodka and Proactive.

Disregarding how great simultaneously sponsoring vodka and acne medication is, P. Diddy’s lyrics aren’t always so thoughtful. Also, let us never forget he created Danity Kane. Boycott!

A Terrible Thing He Said:

“My aim is winning/ Got Asian women that’ll change my linen/ after I done blazed and hit ’em” (“D-I-D-D-Y,” 2001)

Cee Lo Green

Company He Endorses: E-Diets

I don’t know if Cee Lo Green has said anything terrible. I don’t want to know. I’m not Googling it. In all honesty, I’m just adding this to the end of the list as a personal public plea for Cee Lo Green to stop endorsing E-Diets. It’s unnatural and sad and makes me feel guilty eating Chinese food while watching The Voice when I know he’s probably at the gym bettering himself instead of sitting in that giant red swivel chair. They better not downsize the size of the chair when he comes back to The Voice. This is getting too emotional for me to handle.

Terrible Things He’s Said:

“I’m leaving The Voice this season and endorsing E-Diets.”

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