Hip-hop can’t be dead, not when it’s actively serving as the voice of Mike Brown, a young man who lost his life in yet another example of the ongoing systematic attack on black men. Lauryn Hill dedicated “Black Rage” to Ferguson and J. Cole offered his personal take on the situation with “Be Free.” And Talib Kweli definitely set the record straight during his infamous interview with Don Lemon. Now, several of hip hop’s heavy-hitters have joined rapper The Game to release a tribute song to Mike Brown.
“Don’t Shoot (Ferguson Anthem)” features verses from some 10 of rap’s biggest names plus four R&B singers, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Wale, and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank). Some of these artists have built huge followings by promoting messages that are anything but socially conscious, but according to The Game, the collaboration was a no-brainer. He told Rolling Stone:
“I am a black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown’s happening to them. This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice.”
Could this be the 2014 version of “Self Destruction”?