Rick Ross is under fire for some controversial lyrics on his new album, Mastermind. On the track, “Black and White,” Ross rhymes:
“Forbes dot com, I’m the Teflon Don / Too close to a n*gga as a motherf*cking bomb / Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target / B*tch n*ggas hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking.”
As you can imagine, that Trayvon Martin reference did not sit well with some, forcing Ross to issue an email to Vibe magazine explaining his lyrics.
“It’s so important that today, on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy,” Ross said. “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,” said the rapper. “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.”
Ross does know a thing or two about backlash over controversial lyrics. Last year, Reebok ended their business relationship with the rapper because of his verse on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” On the song, Ross rapped:
“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.”
Mastermind drops March 4th.
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