Slaughterhouse’s Kxng Crooked has taken his reaction to this week’s Eric Garner verdict to the recording booth with his new “I Can’t Breathe” track.
KC released the unexpected track to the masses on Friday (December 5).
Now, on Friday (December 5), two days after a New York grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who put a chokehold on the now-deceased Eric Garner, Crook drops “I Can’t Breathe” exclusively with MTV News. “They tell me I’m resisting arrest/ But I’m only protecting my breath, I can’t breathe/ The cops hate a black man to death/ They tell me that mentality left, it didn’t leave,” Crooked spits over the same instrumental that 2Pac used for his 1994 track “Pain.” (MTV)
Check out the song right here…
Young Money’s Nicki Minaj voiced her thoughts and new fears over the Garner verdict through Instagram Thursday (December 4).
New York rappers Action Bronson and Smoke DZA also reacted to the verdict on social media.
Disgusting news, again.
— BLUE CHIPS 7000 (@ActionBronson) December 3, 2014
This Eric Garner Verdict is disheartening
— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) December 3, 2014
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) December 3, 2014
According to reports, a Staten Island jury reached its decision Wednesday (December 3).
The decision was reached after months of testimony, including from the officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo. The grand jury reached its decision less than two weeks after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to bring charges against a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. (New York Times)
Despite killing Garner, the jury did not believe officers committed a crime.
In delivering a vote of “no true bill,” jurors determined there was not probable cause that a crime was committed by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was seen on a widely watched amateur video wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck as the 43-year-old yelled, “I can’t breathe!” during the July 17 confrontation. Garner, who had been stopped by Pantaleo and several other NYPD officers, including two sergeants, on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, was pronounced dead at a hospital. (NBC New York)