Rick Ross lyric compares success to Trayvon Martin shooting on ‘Mastermind’

8) Rick Ross
The Maybach Music superstar would have been higher up on our list if a damaging controversy over a lyric alluding to date rape didn't seriously diminish his reputation and his brand. Still his signature sound and ability to churn out solid hit records still garner him plenty of admirers in the hip-hop game.

8) Rick Ross The Maybach Music superstar would have been higher up on our list if a damaging controversy over a lyric alluding to date rape didn't seriously diminish his reputation and his brand. Still his signature sound and ability to churn out solid hit records still garner him plenty of admirers in the hip-hop game.

Some people never learn.

During the summer of 2013, Rick Ross landed in hot water for a verse that described date raping a woman using the drug Molly, and it cost him a lucrative shoe deal with Reebok.

Ross’ 6th album Mastermind is scheduled for a March 4th release but the album is currently streaming on iTunes.

The rap superstar may be forced make another apology for his lyrics in the near future.

Too close to a ni**a as a mother**king bomb
Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target
B*tch ni**as hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking
Wingstop owner, lemon pepper aroma
Young, black ni**a, barely got a diploma

Ironically, today is also the 2-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death.

The line in question appears on the track “Black & White” with Ross comparing his success in the music industry to the death of Martin, and the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

This is the latest incident where cultural sensitivity and hip-hop music have collided.

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Earlier this month Nicki Minaj came under scrutiny for using a photo Malcolm X as cover art for her single “Look*n A** N*gga,” and last year her label mate Lil Wayne faced a similar firestorm after he compared sex to the vicious killing of civil rights icon Emmett Till on Future’s “Karate Chop Remix.”

Did Rick Ross cross the line? Listen to an edited version of the song below  and let us know what you think in the comments.

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