Rick Ross Releases Statement On "Trayvon Lyric" On Mastermind
(AllHipHop News) Rick Ross has quickly responded to a potential firestorm of controversy over a line in his new album that refers to Trayvon Martin.
On the song, "Black and White," the rapper spits a rap that seems to disrespect the memory of the slain teenager.
Too close to a ni**a as a mother**king bomb
Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target
B*tch ni**as hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking
Wingstop owner, lend me pepper aroma
Young, black ni**a, barely got a diploma
Ross told VIBE that the matter has been misinterpreted and he's simply using creative license in the song.
"It's so important that today, on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy. I'm never going to let the world forget that name. In my song 'Black and White' off Mastermind I say, 'Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target'. There I'm reminding people that if you're a black person or a person of any color for that matter in this country, you have to be accurate, whatever moves you make, stay accurate. Even when you're walking down the street, playing music from your car, you have to stay on point."
Ross continued to explain.
"Black men are being killed and their killers [are] beating the trial. It hasn't been this much violence against black men since the '60s. I am Trayvon Martin, we're all Trayvon Martin. He was from South Florida. That could have been me or one of my homies. So, stay alert and never miss your target. Whatever that target may be. Getting out the hood, providing from your family. Stay sharp. Stay alive. Trayvon, Rest in Peace."
Last year, Ross was embroiled in a scandal where he seemed to advocate date rape. The scandal caused the the MMG boss to lose his endorsement deal with Reebok.