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Rick Ross Explains Questionable Trayvon Martin Lyric on ‘Mastermind’ Album

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Rick Ross’ sixth album, ‘Mastermind,’ is not even in stores yet and already he’s causing controversy over its lyrical content. The Miami rapper is receiving backlash over the mention of Trayvon Martin on a song called ‘Blk & Wht.’

On the track, Rozay rhymes, “Forbes dot com / I’m the Teflon Don / Too close to a n—- as a motherf—king bomb / Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target / Bitch n—-s hating / Tell me it’s what I’m parking.”

In a statement sent exclusively to VIBE, Ross explains the controversial lyric. It reads:

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.”

This isn’t the first time Ross has gotten into trouble over his lyrics. Last year, the MMG rhymer was accused of advocating rape with his molly reference in Rocko‘s song ‘U.O.E.N.O.’ Following the brouhaha, Reebok ended their contract deal with Ross who has since apologized for the lyric.

Do you agree with Rick Ross’ explanation about the Trayvon Martin lyric? Tell us in the comments below.

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