Rick Ross Facing Backlash For Trayvon Martin Reference In New Song “Black And White”
Rick Ross is in hot water again for his lyrics, and this time, it’s for bringing up Trayvon Martin.
Ross has a new album called Mastermind that he streamed yesterday for fans, and in track 11, called “BLK & WHT,” Ross says this:
“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…”
And just that quick, people were speaking out against the lyric:
“funny how rick ross raps. when he gets to something important and he knows thats going to stick with the listeners, that, that is when he says the most incoherent bulls**t he could think of”
“What’s “interesting” is anyone with half a brain would know this is the kinda line that COULD be interpreted wrong EASILY. Yet no one on his PR team felt the need to prevent that. The s**t people do for publicity these days.”
The response was so quick that Ross actually sent a full statement exclusively to VIBE to explain what he was trying to say:
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. 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.
But are we buying it? In all honesty, after reading the lyric, I was more confused than enlightened. It read more like, ‘never missing my target’, as in, George Zimmerman didn’t miss his target when he took the life of Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. And seeing that Ross often gets in trouble for saying things that he thinks are deep, I’m not sure if this was the best idea.
Of course, last year, Ross faced major backlash for his lyrics on the Rocko song, “U.O.E.N.O.” after he said, “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it.” He lost a Reebok shoe deal and issued an apology afterwards, because women’s groups said it was promoting rape.
This also isn’t the first time Ross has made a reference to Trayvon Martin, doing so on the Usher song “Let Me See”:
“You with a big boy, so we do the big things/Had the valet park it, Chanel hoodie on/Looking like Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman on warning”
Yeah…I didn’t really get the purpose of that reference either.
And he also referenced Martin in his song, “I Wonder Why,” picturing himself as the teen when he was being followed by George Zimmerman.
What do you think of the Trayvon Martin reference, and what Ross had to say about what he meant by all of it?