Atlanta rapper Lil Scrappy has stood behind his newly released “Trayvon Martin” tribute track and said he has no regrets about using murder suspect George Zimmerman as a target to address racism.
In Scrappy’s opinion, there is not enough being done by artists to take a stand against issues hurting America.
As closing arguments were underway in the George Zimmerman trial, Lil Scrappy released a song titled “Trayvon Martin.” Zimmerman is accused of second degree murder trial in the death of the Florida teenager. The case is expected to go to the jury on Friday. In the song, the Love & Hip Hop star sings about getting “legal justice” or “street justice” for the Black civil rights. In a statement to RumorFix, Scrappy explains, “I did this song because it doesn’t seem like anyone is stepping up to stand up against this racism. I have had a lot of time lately to read and think. If no one stands up we all are gonna fall.” Lil Scrappy recently completed a 30 day in-patient drug rehabilitation program and now visits with young people in schools to encourage them to say no to drugs. (RumorFix)
On the emotional track, Scrappy does not hold back his feelings toward Zimmerman.
“Can’t just kill a motherf*cker for no reason and get away with it short,” Scrappy says on the song’s introduction. “I’m sick and I’m nauseous, this is obnoxious — we were reaching for freedom, now we’re seeking out justice/Then they get away with it/Like they paid off the judges/Mama and dad cried, sad that their son died/It’s killers on TV, telling these foolish lies” (“Trayvon Martin”)
Closing arguments in the Trayvon Martin case are taking place today (July 12).
George Zimmerman’s lead defense attorney told jurors during closing arguments that the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was “not guilty of anything but protecting his own life” during the 2012 confrontation that ended in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — and used an animated video and recordings of 911 calls in an attempt to show the shooting was in self-defense. In a low-key and methodical presentation that began early Friday, defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked the all-female, six-member jury to not “fill in the gaps” or “connect the dots” while considering a verdict in the case. (Fox News)
Zimmerman could spend the rest of his life behind bars depending on the jury’s verdict.
Zimmerman, 29, if convicted of the top charge, could face up to life in prison. The racially charged case began on Feb. 26, 2012 when Zimmerman called police to report what he said was a suspicious person in his neighborhood on a rainy night. He got out of his car to follow Martin, but claims he stopped when police asked him not to follow, but wanted to get an address for police. (ABC News)
Check out Lil Scrappy’s “Trayvon Martin” track: