Brooklyn rapper Maino is begging his hometown for a change. The hip-hop veteran has released an open message pleading for an end to gun violence ultimately responsible for taking the life of future generations.

Maino x PSA

This week, the rap heavyweight took a moment away from music-making to deliver an emotional public service announcement. He went to Instagram to dish out his true feelings and need for a change to happen immediately.

“Listen, check this out, I get it, some sh*t is unforgivable. I talk about it, I rap about it, so I understand, I ain’t no hypocrite or nothing like that so I get that. But at the same time we at the point where we got so much energy for each other, we got so much energy and aggression toward each other that we can’t even have babies outside at a f*cking cookout, at a barbecue. This is Bed-Stuy. N*ggas is shooting and don’t have any discretion to where babies are dying. One-year old babies, n*gga? One-year old babies? Like, that ain’t never was cool. Mistakes is happening because we don’t have the discretion to know when and where to do sh*t? Nah, this ain’t cool. Ain’t none of that cool.” -Maino’s Instagram

High-Key Details

In June 2020, rap stars Bun B and T.I. relied on their social media pages to share similar frustrations. The hip-hop pair reacted to children having their lives taken from them through gun violence across the country.

“Ok now I’m pissed off!!!! We owe these babies so much more of a better life filled with peace,love,& opportunity 💔😢😞 I’m LIVID‼️ I promise you ANYTHING & EVERYTHING in my power WILL BE DONE!!!!! #OnDoe #OnPhil” -T.I.’s Instagram

“This ain’t the move. Kids are to be protected. We are killing our own future. Something gotta give. We gotta be better that this y’all.” -Bun B’s Instagram

Wait, There’s More

According to reports, multiple children had their lives taken from them over Fourth of July weekend festivities. Kids from across the country including T.I.’s Atlanta hometown suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

At least six children were killed in shootings across the country over the holiday weekend, sparking calls from officials to end the gun violence plaguing their communities. The children, ages 6 to 14, were all shot and killed while doing everyday things — riding in mom’s car, walking in a mall, and playing in a yard with their cousins. (CNN)

Before You Go

In Chicago, nearly 100 people had incidents involving gun violence around Independence Day 2020. Children also became victims and a part of almost 20 fatalities.

Chicago was left reeling over the Fourth of July weekend as citywide gun violence left multiple children killed for the third weekend in a row. As of 5 a.m. Monday, 79 people were shot, 15 of them fatally, including two children shot dead Saturday night. Nine other gunshot victims over the weekend were minors. Ten children under 18 have died in Chicago gun violence since June 20, according to Chicago Sun-Times records. (Chicago Sun-Times)