Rap music has always been the voice to the voiceless. Over the years rappers in hip hop have come to be the premiere storytellers, documenting any tragedy that has affected our inner cities. Everything from the infiltration of crack cocaine to police brutality, hip hop music sheds light on what it's like to be undervalued in the inner cities of America.
So, it was no surprise here when I heard that a few of rap's biggest names came together musically to respond to the tragedy of Mike Brown's murder. Rapper, The Game is joined by Diddy, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and R&B group made of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank (TGT). The fellas sing/rap about the plight of so many children in this country. They talk about our worth and how we weren't put on this Earth to be murdered.
The overall response to the song has been nice, as the proceeds go directly to benefit the fund dedicated to justice for Mike Brown. There has been a little negative feedback about whether or not the song is actually good, and to this I say we're missing the point. The message is valid, it symbolizes unity, and I for one am always happy to see the rap community focus in on a moment and speak truth about it.
Check out their song "Dont Shoot" below, and please purchase it on iTunes to make your contribution to the cause.