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Rick Ross confusing reference to Trayvon Martin gains attention before release

Rick Ross
Rick Ross

Mastermind, the latest album from Rick Ross does not have a street date until March 4, but lyrics from one track are already getting attention.

According to, “Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target," is a line from the track “Black & White” that has come under some criticism. Rick Ross has defended the lyrics that make reference to killing of the Florida youth two years ago in an emailed statement 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."

Now, the end goal of trying to keep the memory of Trayvon Martin fresh in people’s mind is not such a bad goal, but does the lyric really do that message justice? It is a bit of a stretch. Just on a language stand point it would seem like the reference is just thrown into the lyrics, later rhyming “Martin” with the word “parking.”

"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."

The album is streaming right now on and features Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, the Weeknd, and Big Sean on various tracks.