After sharing a stream of his new album, Mastermind, for fans to preview on iTunes last night, Rick Ross found himself amid brewing controversy today over the line "Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target." The line appears on the song "Blk & Wht." Today also marks the two-year anniversary of Martin's death.
Ross reached out to VIBE in an email to offer a statement on the line. Here's what he had 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.
This isn't the first time Ross has found himself defending his lyrics. Last spring, he lost an endorsement deal with Reebok over the lyric "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" from the remix of Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." The lyric was generally perceived as endorsing date rape, and Ross eventually released a statement apologizing.
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