“The issues in Ferguson really hit home for me, and I feel compelled to use my musical platform to address this. 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.” - The Game
Many people have been speaking out in response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Protests have carried on for weeks since a police officer in Ferguson shot and killed and unarmed, black teen, Michael Brown.
The fate of the officer is still undecided, but the shooting and the violence that has followed have brought issues of race to the forefront of American’s minds, and political agendas.
2 years after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a similar shooting like this proves – more proof than we should need – that our society needs to change.
That’s what The Game tells us in his new song, “Don’t Shoot,” collaborating with many other rappers who feel just as strongly.
The Game told Rolling Stone, “The issues in Ferguson really hit home for me, and I feel compelled to use my musical platform to address this. 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.”
Diddy, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank) join him on the track, contributing verses that speak to the reality of growing up black, seeing cops shoot people all the time and having to learn to hold their hands up and say “don’t shoot.”
The song references other victims like Michael Brown – Emmett Till, who was killed at age 14 in Mississippi in 1955, and Ezell Ford, who was mentally disabled and unarmed, and was still shot by police in LA just a few weeks ago.
Read more and listen to the song on 1033ampradio.com.