News: Jasiri X Sparks Awareness On Trayvon Martin Tragedy Over Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Church" [Video]

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The tragic fatal shooting of 17 year-old Florida resident, Trayvon Martin, continues to heat up the Internet and has motivated rapper Jasiri X to pen an awareness record on what went down last month.

Jasiri, known for his realist-style form of lyricism, resorts to rapping over rap mogul Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild" record, in order to send a viral message of awareness.

Rapper Jasiri X, along with doing performances and speaking gigs at the conference, shot a video for his song "Trayvon," protesting what he declares is a lack of justice for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed Feb. 26, allegedly by a block watch captain in a gated Florida community. Jasiri X, working with Paradise Gray, raps over the track "No Church in the Wild," from Kanye West/Jay-Z, as he documents the youth's tragic walk to a neighborhood store to buy a bag of Skittles. He comes around to the conclusion, "And George Zimmerman wasn't even arrested/the message is only white life is protected -- in America." (Post-Gazette)

According to Jasiri, the new track has already caught widespread attention from many of its viewers and listenrs.

"The reaction has been very strong, especially on Facebook and Twitter," Jasiri says. "NPR talked about it [on Wednesday]. The reaction has been mostly supportive, although a few people have taken exception to the last line." Jasiri was in Austin, with some other Pittsburgh artists, on a trip sponsored by The League of Women Voters. (Post-Gazette)

Not alone in the fight for justice, non-profit organization Color of Change has also spread the word and asked for supporters to take action.

Three weeks ago, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Despite Zimmerman admitting to following, confronting, and killing Trayvon, he has yet to be arrested or charged with any crime. Just minutes before Trayvon was killed, Zimmerman had called police stating that Trayvon looked "suspicious." Please join us in calling on the Department of Justice to investigate this crime, prosecute Trayvon's killer, and hold the local police accountable for mishandling this case. Click to read the original email we sent to members about this campaign. (Color of Change)

As things currently stand, the federal government will now review the Martin case.

Under growing public pressure, the Department of Justice announced Monday that it would conduct a review of the case, but added the qualification that the "government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids." Complicating matters, Florida state law allows a person the right to stand their ground and use deadly force if they feel threatened. The Justice Department recognized that, stating that "negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws." The federal government can't prosecute Zimmerman for murder or manslaughter, so any prosecution for civil rights violations must prove Zimmerman took Martin's life because of prejudice. (CBS News)

Check out Jasiri X's "Trayvon" record below:

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