Five Songs for Trayvon Martin: The Hip-Hop Community Express Their Outrage

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Trayvon Martin
The February 26 shooting death of an African-American youth named Trayvon Martin has ignited a nationwide outcry. Marches across the country, including Los Angeles, took place yesterday to demand justice and another round of demonstrations are slated for today. The 17 year-old was walking in a Sanford, Florida gated community after returning from a convenience store when he was followed by George Zimmerman, a 28 year-old self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer.

Zimmerman has admitted to pulling the trigger and killing the teen in ensuing events, but claims his actions were in self-defense protected by the state's stand your ground law, even though Martin nothing on him save for a bag of skittles and an iced tea. To this day, no arrest has been made by local authorities though a CNN poll released today shows that an overwhelming majority support just that.

The tragic episode has inspired numerous solidarity actions from the Miami Heat to hoodie marches. (Brown clown Geraldo Rivera said on Fox News that Martin's hoodie was just as responsible for what transpired!) In indignation, hip-hop artists have also raised their voices critiquing institutional racism in a growing number of tribute songs, some of which include samples of 9-1-1 calls made public.

Here's a list of five tracks and key lyrics in memory of Martin:

1. Mistah F.A.B. - God Don't Love Me (RIP Trayvon Martin)



Key lyrics: "The whole world wanna talk about Kony / But ain't nobody speakin' on the lil' homie"

2. Jasiri X - Trayvon



Key lyrics: "Trayvon never gave his cousin his skittles / Missed the All-Star Game didn't see another dribble"

3. Tahir Jahi - Date of My Death (Trayvon Martin)



Key Lyrics: "When you're black or brown / You know this is not isolated / It's built into fabric of our history / We want justice and this is not a mystery"

4. Reef the Lost Cauze - The Prey (For Trayvon Martin)



Key lyrics: "I ain't write this to capitalize / I wrote this after the shock, after the cries / I wrote this cause a feeling I had trapped inside / I wrote this cause I'm a father and this like that was my child"

5. Plies - We Are Trayvon (Trayvon Martin Tribute)



Key lyrics: "I never thought wearing no hoodie, could cost your life / And I never thought you could just kill somebody and get out the same night"

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E_1ne
E_1ne

Where's the Media outrage of the BLACK girl who beat the shit out of the defenseless WHITE girl on the soccer field because she was tripped while playing in a match? Where's the MEDIA outrage of the little white kid in Ohio who was set on fire for being a "WHITE BOY" by 5 Black teenagers? Where's the MEDIA outrage of the WHITE kid that had his penis cut off and was beatin by 5 BLACK men and a Black woman in front of the guys girlfriend ?  What about the Asian man who was gunned down by 3 BLACK teenagers wearing HOODIES in Victorville this week at an indoor swap meet after his store was robbed of jewelry and it was all caught on tape?  WHERE'S JESSIE JACKSON, AL SHARPTON LEBRON JAMES AT???  Where's the media outrage about punk ass Spike Lee tweeting an address of an old couple in Florida who he thought was George Zimmermans house but turned out it wasn't his house, The old couples house was damaged and they were sent death threats so they had to leave there own home!!! What was Spike Lee trying to do? Have another killing take place?   

Mary Jane Doe
Mary Jane Doe

I'm trying not to judge either way. I wasn't there and I don't have all the facts. And I know about discrimination and being targeted with violence for something I had no power over, being a girl/woman. However, I do wish that the African American community would be similarly outraged by the overwhelming amount of gang violence that takes so many young African American lives. Would this have even been news if it was black on black violence? 

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Ah, this comes up time and time again. To the latter part, you ARE judging. The black community DOES get outraged and organized around issues of gang violence. Please do a favor and read this excellent piece:

http://hiphopandpolitics.wordp...

ModernDayIsis
ModernDayIsis

How is self defense even possible when Zimmerman has no marks on him whatsoever in the police video from that night? If he was so badly beaten where are the markings? Self-defense still requires evidence, and to all you racists that are posting irrelevant, moronic, and downright evil crap up here....... None of us intelligent people give a damn about you, you have no impact. I pray that one day your eyes will be opened to reality, because you're living in a fantasy world.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I'm still wondering why the hell Mr. Zimmerman thought it was appropriate to attempt to stop and detain Trayvon Martin in the first place being that he's NOT A POLICEMAN and had no legal right to do so. What was his probable cause, anyway? A young man is dead because Mr. Zimmerman decided to be a trigger-happy vigilante instead of calling the authorities.

Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open

A simple google search will prove you wrong lady....put your emotions aside and look at the facts. And legally, when self defense is claimed, especially in a situation such as this one, it is up to the police to prove that it was not self defense.By the way, for being so intelligent you sure are perusing yourself as an idiot if you think that the people who according to you are not as intelligent don't have any impact.

In the future, it might be wise to get your facts straight prior to making an emotionally fueled claim.

Martellius
Martellius

2 17 year olds from Pittsburgh who go by the name of UnderRated Hustle also made a song for Trayvon Martin called "What Do I Do?"

All these songs are moving.. But the Voice of the Youth is most important

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

 The voice of the youth is indeed most important. Thanks for sharing the track!

Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open

This is lame.....this shouldnt even be an issue of race. The kid punched the guy, smashed his head into the concrete and then got shot for it. You mess with the bull you get the horns. Pure and simple. It is the people that are supposed to be against racism that have made it a race issue. Youve got all these idiots ranting and raving about how he is a racist but no one is even paying attention to the facts. Yeah, im sure this guy just whipped out a pistol and shot the dude because he is a black guy wearing a hoodie....anyone that believes that is an idiot!

Of course, i am going to be called a racist because I dont agree with the thousands and thousands of sheep that are following along. Well guess what! I am! just like everyone else is and if you say you are not you are a liar!

This dude got killed because he got into a fight with a guy that had a gun. The guy with the gun defended himself and won the fight. Self-defense.Case closed.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I think we all know darn well that Mr. Zimmerman would have been more likely to hold his fire if Trayvon Martin was a white kid.

1buckeye
1buckeye

 Your comment if incorrect proves that you are the judgmental racist.  If correct, it simply acknowledges the reality that 90% of all race v. race violence is black assaulting white (DOJ statistics).  200,000 whites have been murdered by blacks since 1965.  Jesse Jackson once related a story where he was walking down a Chicago street in the evening, hearing footsteps behind him, and was RELIEVED to see it was a white man, and not a black man.  If whites treat black males differently because of race, it is not racial hatred, but just reasonable precaution.  Black violence, poor education, excuse-making, and despising of whites (envy), is responsible for the way all other races treat black American males.  Many white "racists" love Asians, Indians, Mexicans, etc.  Don't you even find that a bit curious? 

Getreal
Getreal

Assaulting a  person and smashing a persons head into the cement was the cause of his death

Tactical Flash
Tactical Flash

How bout the song "Another one bites the dust".  Oh thats right I forgot, It's gotta be a Rap song.  My bad.

Tactical Flash
Tactical Flash

No sympathy here AT ALL!  Hopefully all the black worship will stop and people will come back to their senses and realize that they cause more problems than their worth.  Blacks add nothing to society, They SUBTRACT from it.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Oh, yes, because a nasty, hateful bigot like you is SO beneficial to society, right? Please shove your burning cross where the sun don't shine you racist troll!

Mauro
Mauro

Oh and putting up a pic of the kid when he was 14 is such a fucking cheap tactic.  Why not use a baby picture so the unwashed masses will think a toddler was gunned down?  Live like a thug, die like a thug.

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

That's the photo released publicly by the family to media.

Want to know a real cheap tactic? Trying to smear Martin by posting a photo of him throwing the middle finger with sagging pants that isn't him! Mark that under the 'false' category. If it wasn't, it'd be irrelevant.

Mauro
Mauro

Spare us the outrage.  Trayvon and Tawanna (Brawley) share more than a few letters.

Ditas Kahlo
Ditas Kahlo

Except that Trayvon is dead, you moron.

Mauro
Mauro

 As I said, "Live like a thug, die like a thug"  capiche tonto?

Ditas Kahlo
Ditas Kahlo

You can't compare him to a fake rape victim if he's dead, because it's not like he willed himself to die for publicity, capiche tonto?

dont believe the hype
dont believe the hype

Trayvon Martin was nothing but a thug.

P.S. Fuck Jesse and Al.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cu...

That_it_gal
That_it_gal

Fuck you!!!He was walking homenot bangingNot sellingP.s im no fan of al and Jesse eitherOh and btw......fuck you!!!!!

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

One month later, the smear campaign ratchets up. The yahoo article is wholly irresponsible for linking to the Wagist blog post.

"Thus far these attacks have fallen into two categories: false and irrelevant."

http://thinkprogress.org/justi...

Mauro
Mauro

 At least you are basically admitting you have an agenda behind your "journalism".  Even if it is to fire up the uninformed lynch mob that cares nothing for the facts and due process.  Carry on with your "reporting".

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Cares nothing for the facts? Yeah, that's why I posted a link debunking the misinformation and contextualizing the irrelevant.

You say in relation to Martin: "live like a thug, die like a thug." You're not admitting something!

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