Rick Ross has unveiled the video for “Free Enterprise” for his song featuring John Legend that appeared on 2015’s Black Market. Though the tune came out last year, the new clip was aptly timed for release the day after Donald Trump won the presidency. In it, he calls out the soon-to-be commander-in-chief while pointing out other societal issues.
In the Ryan Snyder-directed video, the rapper appears in front of an upside down American flag for the ballad-styled song. And while he opens up with paying respects to God, the rapper soon turns to societal issues. “Assassinate Trump like I’m Zimmerman,” he raps in the clip. “Now accept these words as they came from Eminem/ Democratic Party sentenced to the pendulum/ Killing them, I voted for André Benjamin.”
While the lyrics are controversial, earlier in the year the rapper told Rolling Stone he was obviously not being literal. “I would never advocate violence on Trump or anyone. It’s lyrical assassination. That’s me being a poet, putting words together in my art form, with no violence in my heart at all,” he said. “Clarify that. Matter of fact, my cameraman was Trump’s caddy at his golf course for five years, and he says Trump is cool as fuck.”
In the clip, he also addresses incarceration inequity. The words “One in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime” flash across the screen. “One in every 15 African-American men are incarcerated in comparison to one in every 106 white men.”
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Earlier this week, Ross responded to allegations that he owes an estimated $5.7 million in back taxes, claiming it was due to “incorrect filing.”