The artists are the latest musicians to address the shooting of Michael Brown by police
The Game, Rick Ross, P Diddy and a host of others have recorded a track addressing the issues around unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month.
The Game has enlisted a group of 10 rappers and four R&B acts to pen protest song ‘Don’t Shoot’.
Featured on the track are P Diddy, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and the R&B group TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank). Listen to the track here.
“The issues in Ferguson really hit home for me, and I feel compelled to use my musical platform to address this,” The Game 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.”
The death of Michael Brown on August 9 sparked mass vigils across the US to protest police brutality and racial profiling. Other musicians to address the issues include Cat Power, who held a benefit concert for the protestors and Billy Bragg, who performed an impromptu show in the city.
Lauryn Hill also dedicated a track to the people of Ferguson – an interpretation of her track ‘My Favourite Things’ called ‘Black Rage’, which you can hear below. J Cole responded to the unrest with a song ‘Be Free’, which accompanied by a blog post in which he wrote: “I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.”
Shortly after Brown’s death, rapper Killer Mike posted a photo of the teenager’s grieving mother and stepfather, alongside text in which the rapper gave his thoughts on police brutality and the abuse of power – labelling the incident as “govt-sanctioned murder”.