On the track “Black & White” from his latest album “Mastermind,” Ross raps, “Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target,” which some have perceived to mean that he is comparing his success to George Zimmerman gunning down the teen.
After the lyrics sparked controversy, Ross, 38, issued a statement to Vibe.
“It’s so important that today, on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy,” he 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.
“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.”
“Black & White” isn’t the first time that Ross has mentioned Trayvon in one of his raps: in a guest verse on Usher’s ”Lemme See’”he raps “Looking like Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman don’t want it.”
Rick Ross’ “Mastermind” is streaming now on iTunes and will be released on March 4.