Friday, February 28, 2014

4 Reasons why Rick Ross needs to leave Trayvon Martin's name out of his mouth

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” might be subject to interpretation, and he’s being very careful to try to brush it over. But when you put these lyrics into context, you realize that Ross using the name Trayvon Martin in any song isn’t usually going to do anything for anyone but himself.

Here are a few reasons that Rick Ross should find something else to rap about and probably keep Trayvon Martin’s name out of his mouth.

1) Trayvon is dead: Maybe you didn’t mean any harm with your 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 your 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 v@gina, there must come a day when toxic hip-hop artists are made aware that the black community is not going to allow you to sell every inch of our culture and heritage to the white man whorick-ross-2012trayvon-martin-black-boys pays you the most money. Hip-hop was meant to SERVE black people, not SELL them.

2) You don’t have anything useful to say: When the world was protesting Trayvon Martin’s brutal murder, you were smoking blunts with your “niggaz” in the booth and trying to make more money. The only time Trayvon Martin, or any kind of black struggle enters your conscience is when you think you can make money off of it. Maybe instead of commercializing Trayvon’s death for your own selfish purposes, you can get off your butt and fight for something worthwhile. Ross has gladly taken millions of dollars to use his urban influence to get black kids to buy expensive sneakers they can’t afford, but rarely does he use that influence to get them to do something positive.

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