News: Wyclef Jean Calls Out George Zimmerman In Trayvon Martin Tribute, "Watch Out For The Neighborhood Watcher" [Audio]
Monday, Apr 16, 2012 5:20PM
The Fugees' Wyclef Jean has become the latest mainstream artist to speak out on the tragic fatal shooting of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin by putting out a new tribute record titled "Justice (If You're 17)."
On the record, Jean also places emphasis on incarcerated shooter George Zimmerman.
The Trayvon Martin case has gavilinzed the hip-hop community and has spawned several tribute songs in memory of the late teen. Following in the footsteps of Plies, rapper Wyclef Jean released his tribute song 'Justice (If You're 17),' in honor of Martin who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. On the acoustic guitar-driven tune, Wyclef cautions young teens to be careful when walking alone on the streets. "If you're 17 with a hoodie on / Watch out for the neighborhood watcher," he warns. He then adds, "If you're 17 / You should learn the law / Fight with your mind / Stronger than arms / Make no mistake / There's one like you / On every block / And every country." But the focal point is Trayvon Martin, and the former Fugee doesn't forget about the slain 17-year-old teen. "He could have been the next president / He could have been the next Steve Jobs / He could have been the next astronaut / So, until we can get justice / We won't stop," he croons. (Pop Crush)
Last week, Florida rapper Plies released a music video for his "We Are Trayvon" Martin tribute.
Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic recording artist Plies has joined the numerous public figures who have paid tribute to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, with a YouTube video titled "We Are Trayvon." The track, which was produced by Filthy Beatz, was released via the Miami-native's YouTube page earlier this month, and is now available at all digital retailers. What's more, 100% of the profits of single sales of "We Are Trayvon" will be donated to the Justice For Trayvon Martin Foundation. Plies hopes that the release of "We Are Trayvon" will contribute to the growth of the Justice For Trayvon Martin Foundation and other organizations that are dedicating their efforts to remove elements of judgment while uplifting young black men in the eyes of the general public, as well as assisting other families that are suffering from similar situations as the parents of Trayvon Martin. (Market Wire)
G.O.O.D. Music's Big Sean recently offered his take on the teenager's publicized death.
"Man, I think it's completely bullsh*t that people can get away with stuff like that," Sean said when asked for his take on the Martin tragedy. "You know, he died and didn't do anything wrong, obviously, he was just walking home, [and killed] just 'cause he had a hoodie on. It's just completel bullsh*t. I think it's completely racist -- just racist in the sense of being stereotypical, judgemental, completely stupid and sh*t needs to stop man, for real." (Global Grind)
Last week, George Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge.
A handcuffed George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, appeared in court for the first time on Thursday and his lawyer said a not guilty plea was entered on his "frightened" client's behalf. The neighborhood watch volunteer's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, also said he wanted Zimmerman to be released on bond, but not until he could secure a safe place for him to stay while he faces murder charges in the February 26 killing of 17-year-old Martin in a quiet gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford. (Reuters)
Check out "Justice (If You're 17)" below: