Rick Ross Defends Controversial Trayvon Martin Lyric


Rapper Rick Ross has flared up controversy with his recent lyrics referencing Trayvon Martin on his upcoming Mastermind album.

In new song “Black and White,” Ross raps, “”Forbes dot com, I’m the Teflon Don/ Too close to a n—a as a motherfucking bomb/Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target/Bitch n—as hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking.”

The rap star attempted to clarify the Martin reference in  a statement  made exclusively to VIBE on Wednesday (Feb. 26).

“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 further explained his statement by saying he could relate to Martin as he grew up in South Florida as well.

“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.”

This does not mark the first time the Maybach music rapper’s has come under fire for his lyrics.

Last year, Ross caused outrage when he seemingly reference date rape in the Rocko track “U.O.E.N.O.”. He said, “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.” The rapper eventually apologized for the lyric, but it was not enough for Reebok who cut off Ross’ endorsement deal as a result of the rhyme.

Mastermind is slated for release on March 4.