*I think I speak for a lot of normal black people when I say that I sometimes grow tired of the rapper Rick Ross.
Ross has always been a creative, yet relatively useless public figure in the past, but his recent disrespect for the legacy of Trayvon Martin might be the straw that breaks the fat man’s back.
Rick’s use of Trayvon’s name in the song “Mastermind” could be subject to interpretation, and he’s being very careful to try to brush it over.
But when you put these lyrics into context by analyzing the entirety of what Ross represents, you realize that, for this particular artist, using the name “Trayvon Martin” in any song isn’t usually going to do anything for anyone but himself.
I love hip-hop music more than any other artform and I am friends with quite a few artists. So, this makes me that much more comfortable pointing out the rappers who stand up for real black men vs. the corporatized buffoons who are sending black men off the edge of a cliff. Here are a few reasons that Rick Ross should find something else to rap about and keep Trayvon Martin’s name out of his mouth.
1) Trayvon is dead: Maybe Rick didn’t mean any harm with his lyrics about Trayvon, but the fact is that Trayvon Martin and his legacy are sacred. Using a dead teenager for target practice is off limits, and Rick’s advisors should have known better. Whether it is Nicki Minaj using Malcolm’s image on an album cover, or Lil Wayne comparing Emmett Till’s face to a woman’s [email protected], there must come a day when toxic hip-hop artists are made aware that the black community is not going to allow you to give away every inch of our culture and heritage to the white man who pays you the most money. Hip-hop was meant to SERVE black people, not SELL them.