Blk & Wht

Album: Mastermind (2014)

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  • Ross received backlash over the mention of Trayvon Martin on this song:

    "Forbes dot com, I'm the Teflon Don
    Too close to a nigga as a motherf---ing bomb
    Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target
    Bitch niggas hating, tell me it's what I'm parking."

    The alleged murder of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin received international coverage because of the delay in charging his mixed-race assailer, George Zimmerman and his subsequent acquittal.

    The second anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death was the day after Ross digitally released Mastermind via iTunes.. The lyrics finds the Maybach Music Group leader comparing his success in the music industry to the death of Martin, and the not guilty verdict of Zimmerman. Rozay sent a statement to Vibe magazine, clarifying the lyric, which 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."

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