Rick Ross Responds to Backlash Over Trayvon Martin Lyric On New LP
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.26.2014
People aren't happy..
Rick Ross has issued a statement addressing criticism about a lyric on his upcoming album. The song comes from Ross' Mastermind, his sixth studio LP. He rhymes on the song "Blk & Wht":
"Too close to a ni--a as a mother--king bomb/ Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target/ Bitch ni--as hating, tell me it's what I'm parking"
Of course that's a reference to Travon Martin, who was killed my George Zimmerman, which became a highly-covered and politicized court case. Zimmerman was acquitted on the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida.
Ross issued a statement to VIBE reading as follows:
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.
Black men are being killed and their killers [are] beating the trial," added Ross, who plans to use his recently purchased 235-acre Georgia estate to help inner-city youngsters. "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.