Following the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, numerous artists turned to their music to voice their opinion on the shooting of Martin by Florida resident and neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
As a resident of Florida, Maybach Music Group rapper Rick Ross took the time to address his state’s highly controversial “Stand Your Ground” law on his latest record, “I Wonder Why.” The law became a hot topic during the trial of Zimmerman and remains any issue of concern for many including Ross.
On “I Wonder Why,” which was released earlier in the week, Ross raps, “Now I'm being followed by some creepy-ass cracker…Stand your ground, you gotta stand your ground.”
The line from Ross makes clear mention of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law and also makes reference to the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, friend of the late Martin, who is also on the outro to “I Wonder Why.”
The God Forgives, I Don’t rapper seemed optimistic during a recent interview with Power 106 FM as he touched on Martin and expressed his confidence in there being change in his state.
"I believe we are going to make a change,” said Ross. “We are going to make a difference… I just want to do what’s best for the whole movement. And we'll never let Trayvon Martin's name die out, we refuse to do that, and we got some things we're working on my side. So, everybody keep doing what you can to keep the voice alive, and just the whole movement. Cause it's time for us to really make a difference."
Following the announcement of a not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, music icon Stevie Wonder announced his plans to boycott the state of Florida and any other states with laws similar to the “Stand Your Ground” law. Other celebrities, including Kanye West and Jay-Z, are reportedly backing Wonder’s boycott of the state.
Video of Ross’ interview with Power 106 FM can be seen below (via HotNewHipHop).