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Trayvon Martin; Four Reasons Why Rick Ross Needs To Leave Trayvons Name Out Of His Mouth.

February 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Ent., Music, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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(ThyBlackMan.com) 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.

3)   You’re a fraud: I happen to be friends with the real Freeway Ricky Ross, the man who controlled much of the drug trade on the West Coast 20 years ago.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that you have the same name as Mr Ross, and I’m astonished that he hasn’t been able to successfully sue you for tens of millions of dollars you’ve earned by using that name as your own.   What makes you even more fraudulent is that you were once a law abiding citizen who is now earning millions of dollars glorifying the very same behavior that the original Rick Ross has forsaken.  So, as Rick goes around the country telling young people to learn from his mistakes, you are begging young black men to repeat them

4)   You’ve made yourself worthless to the African American community:  Maybe some people are impressed by the fact that, during the age of corporatized black psychological genocide, you’re able to gain respect from some because you have a lot of money.  But I’m a Finance professor, and I am able to see beyond the money to assess what you actually are:  A morbidly obese, self-destructive, possibly drug addicted, over-tatooed, sexually-irresponsible monstrocity of a human-being who might likely be dead before the age of 45.  You spend your life spitting one poisonous verse after another that only increases the likelihood that more black men will end up shot, in prison or infected with STDs.

Here’s just a random sample of some “classic” Rick Ross lyrics:

“Designer jeans, and a hand full of dough (Yeah) Bottle of the Jose, pass me some more I got, more cars, more cars, more clothes, more clothes more money means more dough to blow (blow) more money means more dough to blow (blow) more money means more dough for blow”

I hate to say this my brother, but YOU-ARE-THE-ENEMY.  There is almost nothing that comes out of your mouth that will help any black man become empowered to protect himself against all of the forces out there that are designed to destroy him.  You’re pretty much teaching black men to become sitting ducks and partners in their own oppression.

The bottom line for Rick Ross or anyone else who is determined to destroy both hip-hop music and the African American community is that WE DON’T NEED YOU.  You can make your money, smoke your weed, drink your liquor and do whatever you want while sitting on the sidelines, but don’t get in the mix when real black people are trying to do something productive.

Trayvon Martin means far more to the rest of us than a convenient and profitable rap verse.  He was a precious young black male who gave something to the black community that will never be forgotten.  So, the same way people want to hang George Zimmerman by his testicles for stalking and killing Trayvon, we should be equally diligent in dealing with hip-hop artists who are determined to urinate on all that remains good about being black.

This kind of ignorance should not be tolerated, and we must deal with it by any means necessary.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.


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7 Responses to “Trayvon Martin; Four Reasons Why Rick Ross Needs To Leave Trayvons Name Out Of His Mouth.”
  1. richard coleman says:

    “Trayvon Martin means far more to the rest of us than a convenient and profitable rap verse. He was a precious young black male who gave something to the black community”

    “Trayvon Martin and his legacy are sacred.”

    Dr. Watkins what legacy are you referring too? And what did he give to the community again? No don’t get me wrong it sad when any young man dies. But let not elevate to some kind of martyr! I am old school rap myself and don’t really care for Rick Ross (both of them) but he is a rapper and is free to use whatever name he chooses. As a vet I have to ask what is this country coming too?

  2. Derek B says:

    The real freeway RICKY ROSS IS A JUST AS MUCH OF A PIECE OF SHIT AS THIS DUMBASS WANNABE DRUGLORD, THE REALL RICKKY ROSS(well just say TR3#) IS A SNITCH THAT CANT STEP FOOT IN NO HOOD, GP, OR NOTHING WHERE REALL ASS Gs HANG CUZ HES A FRAUD JUST LIKETHE RAPPER, HE SNITCHED SO HES DEAD IN ANYBOOK, AND I WOULD HAVE SHOT TRAYVONS DUMBASS 5x over IN THE FACE IF HE GAVE ME A BROKEN NOSE AND BUSTED MY FACE INTO THE CONCRETE CUZ I WAS FOLLOWING HIM, DEATH NOW AND FOREVER TO TRAYVON THEE “ohh SOO innocent” “VIctim”

  3. toomanygrandkids says:

    @Marcus Vessey…No, I didn’t miss every single point.

    The author compares “Freeway” Ricky Ross to Rick Ross. They are actually just alike in more ways than one. The main difference is the era. Ricky’s, what 50-ish? Rick is younger. But what they did/do for a living has had a negative/deadly impact within black commuities for years. NOW, Ricky wants to speak to children about the same mistakes he made 20+ years ago. He planted the seed in the brains of black boys and men to traffic crack in California. Does he tell these kids that he “cooked up” powdered cocaine in pots so large that a paddle had to be used to stir it?

    If the author is going to make a comparison or give an example, please compare Rick Ross to someone other than someone he has so much in common with.

    And what was it that Rick Ross said about Trayvon? The author didn’t evev write the verse containing Trayvon’s name. The verse I read in this article doesn’t even mention Trayvon’s name. That’s the type of rap rappers have been rapping for years.

  4. Marcus Vessey says:

    To – toomanygrandkids

    Read the article correctly you missed every single point.

  5. Marcus Vessey says:

    Great line…I am going to have to use this, “corporatized black psychological genocide”

  6. toomanygrandkids says:

    First of all, I’m not a fan of today’s rap music. I’m an old school rap fan: Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, etc. In general, most rappers don’t have any REAL talent, but they have fans galore so they are paid big money. What do you expect a rapper to rap about? I expect them to rap about anything and anybody. Nobody’s off limits. No matter who they are/were. Rick Ross won’t be the only one using Trayvon’s name in his songs. Do I detect jealousy in your voice? It seems you don’t like the fact that Rick makes lots of money to do/buy whatever he wants. Many rappers usta be poor black boys living in poverty so when they are presented with the opportunity of becoming a rapper, they take it.

    Just like your boy Ricky Ross aka The Godfather of (Crack) Cocaine. Him and those like him are the REAL enemies of black people. Ricky is directly responsible for the distribution of the most deadliest drug in California starting in South Central. It’s no wonder areas such as South Central are so fucked up. You can thank Ricky Ross for being a willingly participant in smuggling drugs into his own communities among his own people. According to the Oakland Tribune, “In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ricky exported several TONS OF COCAINE NATIONALLY and earned more than $600 million in the process. Counting inflation, that’s 1.6 billion comparing 1986 to 2010.” He lost all of his money/empire when he went to prison.

    It’s only natural for him to get out of prison and attack the rapper Rick Ross. An indication of his jealousy. Rick’s name is very close to the name Ricky. Same last name. And Rick Ross has/makes alot of money. Something that Ricky Ross usta have. Yep, sounds like jealousy to me. To take a man to court over a name requesting millions of dollars goes to show how petty Ricky Ross really is.

    And you seem proud to know him. What a joke.

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