Miami rapper Flo Rida recently spoke on the publicized George Zimmerman case and why his homestate needs to do some serious fine-tuning to change its Stand Your Ground law.
While he would not dig too deep into the debate, Flo agreed legislators need to take another look at Stand Your Ground and make a change.
“I disagree with the verdict and me being from Florida, it’s like I’m contracted into definitely supporting. I’m all about trying to make it a better environment and I’m starting by supplying jobs for anyone and having football leagues to make it a better place. Looking at the case, overall, my biggest thing is if the police tell you, ‘Eh, back off’ and you proceed, I think that’s enough to give you some time. So I definitely disagree with that verdict. [Abolish Stand Your Ground?] They need to come up with something better.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Fellow Miami hip-hop artist Rick Ross did not hold back his feelings toward Zimmerman being acquitted for fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin when recently asked about it.
“I’m still angry,” Ross said. “I’m upset and really, really enraged. I’ve just been trying to keep from putting too much negative energy out there. So, you know, we’re just doing our thing behind our closed doors. But most definitely, that’s a big problem and something has to happen and it will.” (Global Grind)
The MMG boss touches on Florida’s Stand Your Ground with his new “I Wonder Why” track.
Rick Ross dropped a new song today, “I Wonder Why,” in which he ponders his life. On the track, Ross wonders why his brother is incarcerated and why his ambition continues to push him forward. The MMG honcho also indirectly references slain Trayvon Martin and the incident which led to his death in Rozay’s home state of Florida. “Now I’m being followed by some creepy a** cracker,” Ross raps, a seemingly thinly-veiled reference to vigilante George Zimmerman following Travyon. “Stand your ground! Stand your ground! You gotta stand your ground!” Ross cries. Zimmerman stood behind Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law to justify shooting Trayvon since he felt “threatened.” (RapFix)
Recently, Florida rapper Ace Hood said revealed his emotional reaction to finding out he would not serve time behind bars.
“I feel hurt, man, in a sense,” Ace said in an interview. “I never knew Trayvon but watching the whole trial, I felt like he was a part of my family. My biggest thing is we just don’t understand how a guy is able to get off scot-free for killing a young, innocent Black brother. … I literally was almost in tears when the judge said, ‘You don’t have any further business here with the courts.’ And for him to smile in court, I couldn’t understand it because you got a family that’s mourning. Their son won’t be able to wake up in the morning and see his mother and shake hands with his homies or be able to visit that college he wanted to go to. His life is over while you’re smiling over a verdict. I felt like there was no justice and people in Florida are definitely taking it hard.” (Hot 97)
Check out Flo Rida’s interview: