Rick Ross Thinks Trayvon Should've Had a Gun: "Got on My Hoodie and My Desert Eagle"
The Bawse is a former officer with the Florida Department of Corrections.
Of course, though, he usually plays the role of gangsta thug drug dealer who "got a chopper in the car." Hence the professional moniker, Rick Ross, a name lifted from an infamous Cali crack peddler.
But on a new song, "I Wonder Why," the Carol City rapper (born William Leonard Roberts II) casts himself as gunned-down Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin.
Rick Ross in a hoodie for Trayvon Martin.
Now it could be considered dubious for Ross, a guy who usually espouses the identities of murderous, gun-toting crime kingpins ("I think I'm Big Meech, Larry Hoover"), to appropriate the story of a kid like Trayvon, tragically killed by a man with a Kel-Tec 9.
And it could be considered opportunistic for Ross, a guy with no real penchant (or proven talent) for sociopolitical philosophizing, to toss off a very timely verse about one of the most complex murder cases in recent American history.
And it could be considered inappropriate for Ross, a guy who's just been taken to task for rapping about rape (and then offering several insincere, half-assed apologies), to lay down ethical judgments of any kind.