News: Bad Boy Records' Los Puts His "Hoodie On" For Travyon Martin [Audio]
Monday, Apr 2, 2012 12:00PM
Newly signed Bad Boy Records rapper Los is riding the Trayvon Martin movement by dropping a new record entitled "Wit My Hoodie On" in support of raising awareness of the 17 year old's fatality.
The new record premiered online late Sunday (April 1) evening.
The hoodie in Trayvon Martin's case has been something of importance to the entire investigation. It's sparked an outburst of people who believe George Zimmerman was wrong to target him based upon having a hoodie on. Los laid down this little tribute song but it's much more than just a tribute. It's a statement that stretches further than Trayvon. "I ride, with my hoodie on/I hustle, with my hoodie on/D*mn right I represent the struggle/I ride, with my hoodie on/I hustle, with my hoodie on/D*mn right I represent the struggle." (The Sermons Domain)
Recently, the symbolism of a sporting hoodie has been used by entertainers and politicians allike to address the speculated racial profiling which caused Martin's death.
The nation's only African-American governor, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, this week questioned the reaction by Florida law enforcement to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, whose death last month has exploded into a national debate about racial profiling and self-defense laws. Patrick is just the latest black politician around the nation to voice support for Martin - or at least acknowledge the troubling aspects of the case, from U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, who was escorted from the floor of Congress for wearing a hoodie in support of Martin, to New York City councilmen and New York State assemblymen who donned the same symbolic jacket, to President Obama, who said if he had a son he'd look like Trayvon. (Flagler Live)
Recently, Florida rapper Plies released his "We Are Trayvon" dedication track.
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)
Renowned singer Chaka Khan also penned her own tribute 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)
Check out Los' "Wit My Hoodie On" below: