Yesterday, on the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, a controversial lyric from Rick Ross’ new Mastermind album, has people side eyeing him once again.
Here’s the line from his track “Black & White”:
Too close to a ni**a as a mother**king bomb
Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target
B*tch ni**as hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking
Wingstop owner, lend me pepper aroma
Young, black ni**a, barely got a diploma
What does this even mean? Well, according to Ross, who responded to Vibe about the lyric, it’s not anything defamatory. But from other people’s perspective, target plus Trayvon, is a gun reference.
Here is Ross’ response to the backlash:
“It’s so important that today, on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy,” Ross says in a quote emailed exclusively to VIBE. “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.”
He continues: “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.”
You’d have to wonder how Martin’s parents feel about their son being mentioned in a rapper’s song who normally glorifies the lifestyle they wanted to shield their son away from.