Rick Ross Imagines Himself as a Gun-Toting Trayvon Martin in ‘I Wonder Why’
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Rick Ross’ latest musical foray “I Wonder Why” begins with a rant against “all these niggas taking Instagrams and selfies,” and ends with courtroom audio of Rachel Jeantel’s testimony against George Zimmerman. In between, we somehow get a misguided-at-best pondering of street life with the Maybach Music label Bawse appropriating Trayvon Martin’s tragic death as fodder for a bit of play-acting that only seems to serve the purpose of making Ross look hard.
The track premiered today on Hot 97, just over two weeks after Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of the Florida teen. Ross, though, takes on the case as if he’s the one being “followed by a creepy ass cracker,” which is how Martin described Zimmerman to Jeantel in a phone call before he was killed. Ross then bellows, “Gotta stand your ground,” referring to the controversial self-defense law that allows the use of deadly force by those who feel threatened.
Confusingly, Ricky Rozay (as the famously unarmed Martin) then boasts, “Got on my hoodie and my Desert Eagle,” which seems like a kinda dangerous bit of historical revisionism, especially since the case’s biggest critics have taken direct issue with the “stand your ground” mindset. Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised at the man’s lack of nuance considering his bungled attempts at defending himself over those date-rapey “U.O.E.N.O.” lyrics. But still, dude, really?
The Miami-based MC also made his acting debut over the weekend, appearing as a gangster named Butterball in the Florida-set Starz crime drama Magic City. Check out some highlights from his first episode below, this line: “Funny thing about God? God is good — until he ain’t.” But the funny thing about Rick Ross? You’d figure a former corrections officer who reinvented himself as a mob boss would be better at pretending he was a mob boss.