News: "I Never Thought You Could Just Kill Somebody & Get Out The Same Night" [Audio]
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 10:26PM
The outpouring of hip-hop support for slain 17 year-old teenager Trayvon Martin continues to spread as heard on Florida rapper Plies' new "We Are Trayvon" tribute track.
On his new record, the Fort Myers-bred emcee does not hold back his emotions.
Over a somber beat and piano flourishes, Plies weighs in on Martin's death by lamenting that trying to live right can still get you in unnecessary trouble. "I never thought wearin' no hoodie could cost you your life/And I never thought you could just kill somebody and get out the same night," Plies raps, referring to the piece of clothing Martin was sporting when he was killed. He later adds, "What's right is right, what's wrong is wrong/Trayvon Martin, you'll forever live on," and on the spoken-word outro, the rapper pictures Martin playing football in heaven, with a "solid gold football." "We Are Trayvon" was released to iTunes on Wednesday (Mar. 28) after premiering over the weekend. The track is now on sale for $1.29. (The Juice)
Singer Chaka Khan also penned her own dedication track to the Martin family.
The Trayvon Martin killing has grabbed attention nationwide, and now it has sparked a musical tribute. Singer Chaka Khan gathered a group of musicians and actors to record a remake of the song "Super Life" in memory of the Fla. teen, who was shot and killed during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchmen. The video, which features famous faces like Angela Bassett, Eva Marcille, and Garcelle Beauvais, premiered Monday night on CNN. (Huffington Post)
Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X recently penned a freestyle in light of the fatal shooting and talked to SOHH about hip-hop needing to get more involved on spreading the word.
"Here you have one of the biggest hip-hop artists in Rick Ross and I would love to hear him. If we're gangsters and bosses, why not speak to something [like this]? Rick Ross has power. This is the reality. He has power in hip-hop and the game. Especially in the state of Florida, they ride for him," Jasiri X told SOHH. "Trayvon was from Miami. So I would love to call on him, not disrespectfully but respectfully, to say, 'Man, Rick Ross, I think if you spoke and if the streets could get involved, to Trayvon and came to the rallies, it'd mean a lot. Put your movement toward getting justice for Trayvon.' Kanye West, Jay-Z, a lot of people were down for Occupy Wall Street, I would love to hear them. It's just because they have the loudest voices. They have millions of Twitter followers. That's the reality. If they say it, it's going to resonate with a lot more people than me just saying it." (SOHH)
No longer a regional topic, even West Coast rapper Game shared his two cents on the tragedy this week.
"I think that from the beginning of mankind, we as a people have always been targeted," Game said in an interview. "For some, reason people don't think that they need any excuse to kill us, beat us, hit us, run us over, disrespect us or anything like that," Game said of the country's history of racial tension and violence. I'm far from racist -- I'm very educated and intellectual and I understand how life works and how people of all colors exist under the sun, but it just seems like more than not black people are, I don't know, there's always some negative occurrence that goes on in our existence. This is just another reminder that stupidity still exists." (MTV)
Check out Plies' "We Are Trayvon" below: