News: Prodigy & Killer Mike Address Trayvon Martin Shooting, "He Was Killed By A Terrorist"
Friday, Mar 30, 2012 3:00PM
Mobb Deep's Prodigy and Killer Mike are the latest hip-hop artists to shed their opinion on the Travyon Martin tragedy and demand justice over the fatal Florida shooting.
In Mike's perspective, the February 26 shooting motivation is obvious to the naked eye.
Killer Mike called the shooting "an assassination." "He was killed by a terrorist; there is no other way to put it," Mike said, as he and "RapFix" host Sway wore hooded sweatshirts in a symbolic show of support for the teen, who died wearing a similar article of clothing. (MTV)
Prodigy held a similar stance, dismissing self-defense claims by shooter George Zimmerman and labeling him a murderer.
Via Skype, Prodigy said, "It's definitely a murder, that dude just murdered him in cold blood. The dude, Zimmerman, I don't know what he thought he was doing, but he murdered that kid for no reason." (MTV)
Earlier this week, New York rap veteran Nas offered his take on the shooting.
"You never wanna hear that kind of news. When it happens, you remember how many Trayvon incidents happen every day all over the world and have been happening. It doesn't seem like the race problem will ever get solved. There's a sickness that needs healing that this guy [George] Zimmerman is dealing with. And all the Zimmermans around the world, they're dealing with hatred, ignorance, sickness, and they're living in fear so I'm rocking my hoodie for my man." (Hot 97)
Some artists like Papoose and Plies have gone the extra mile by putting out dedication tracks.
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)
Check out Plies' "We Are Trayvon" down below: