Mobb Deep’s Prodigy is the latest hip-hop artist to give his two cents following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last year and George Zimmerman being acquitted.
In Capital P’s opinion, Americans have to familiarize themselves with the legal system.
Prodigy, also on Wednesday’s “RapFix,” said the responsibility to bring about change now falls on everyone, not just the African-American community. “Our people need to learn the laws — people, not just black people — need to learn the laws, learn the politics. Focus on what’s important,” he said. The Mobb Deep rapper, who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on a gun charge back in 2007, stressed the importance of change, saying that it starts with the individual. “I could be more vocal about certain changes that need to be made, certain changes that I made in my life. ‘Starting with the man in the mirror,’ like Michael Jackson said,” he shared, referencing the King of Pop’s 1987 single. “If everybody does that, we’ll be a little step closer to a solution to this.” (MTV)
R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn hit up SOHH this week to discuss putting together his Martin tribute, “Trigga Man.”
“As artists, this is what we do. I can’t speak for everybody else, but I know for me, it ain’t about no publicity. If anything, I want to give this song to the families and they can sell it. All the proceeds can go to a foundation. I’m sure they could use money for the court costs. As artists, we have to speak out. We have the power. We have the power to influence an opinion. I salute all the artists who have spoken out. I make bedroom songs but I do believe in balance. Music is a weapon.” (SOHH)
Florida rapper Ace Hood spoke out this week and said he was overwhelmed with emotion when George Zimmerman had his verdict read to him last Satuday.
“I feel hurt, man, in a sense,” Ace said in an interview. “I never knew Trayvon but watching the whole trial, I felt like he was a part of my family. My biggest thing is we just don’t understand how a guy is able to get off scot-free for killing a young, innocent Black brother. … I literally was almost in tears when the judge said, ‘You don’t have any further business here with the courts.’ And for him to smile in court, I couldn’t understand it because you got a family that’s mourning. Their son won’t be able to wake up in the morning and see his mother and shake hands with his homies or be able to visit that college he wanted to go to. His life is over while you’re smiling over a verdict. I felt like there was no justice and people in Florida are definitely taking it hard.” (Hot 97)
Following last weekend’s Zimmerman verdict, a Facebook page urging people to not support select Florida-based companies launched.
“Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” killed Trayvon Martin’s opportunity for justice. Stand Your Ground must be repealed and corporations based in Florida that profit from our patronage must stand with us against Stand Your Ground or we will make them pay in their pockets. Economic embargos and boycotts have worked to debilitate America’s unjust laws like Jim Crow and alienate and starve countries like Cuba. A focused, targeted and public economic embargo of Florida-based corporations will force them to take a stand against Stand Your Ground in their own interests, The following post list the top Florida-based corporations who rely upon your patronage and support.” (Boycott Florida)