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Rick RossMastermind album officially hits stores on Tuesday. But it’s already causing controversy.

There’s a song on the album called “Black & White.” In it, Ross has a line where he references Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old killed by George Zimmerman two years ago. Many feel that the line is objectionable:

“Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target.”

Not wanting to be misunderstood, the rapper emailed VIBE about what the line means. Here’s what he said:

“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.”

Rick Ross went on to say:

“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 mentioned Trayvon on a record. On Usher’s “Lemme See,” Ross says the line:

“Chanel hoodie on, looking like Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman don’t want it.”

Ross also caught some heat last year for his date rape line on Rocko’s “UOENO.”


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