Rick Ross Responds To Backlash Over Mastermind Trayvon Martin Lyric [Details]
Rucuss staffFebruary 27, 2014
Rick Ross was forced to defend himself after he mention Trayvon Martin’s name on the Mastermind track Blk & Wht.
The Teflon Don’s sixth studio album was made available for free stream on Tuesday, and fans shared their opinions about the controversial lyric. Many thought it was disrespectful, especially being released on the second year anniversary of Martin’s death.
Ross’ verse: “Forbes dot com/I’m the Teflon Don/Too close to a ni**a as a mother**king bomb/Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target/B*tch n****s hating/Tell me it’s what I’m parking/Wing Stop owner/Lemon pepper aroma/Young, black n***a/barely got a diploma,” before a drug-related chorus followed.
But in a statement sent exclusively to VIBE on Wednesday, Rozay said the lyric was misunderstood.
“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.”
Ross added, “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.”
Ross is no stranger to controversy. Last year, he had to apologize for rapping about date rape drugs on Rocko’s U.O.E.N.O. Many accused the Maybach CEO that he advocated rape.
Ross lost his endorsement deal with Reebok because of the backlash. Mastermind is schedule for release on March 4.
Photos via Newcultura.com, Billboard.com and Stereogum.com
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