Rhymes With Rage: Hip-Hop Inspired By the Death of Trayvon Martin


Chuck D famously once said “”rap is CNN for black people.” And since his tragic death 16 months ago, hip-hop has filed many a report on Trayvon Martin. If, like many, you spent the weekend glued to cable news during the incredible acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, you may be needing some truth from the Rap Channel. Here are some of the most powerful songs hip-hop has made about the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.

We doubt they’ll be the last.

Dead Prez
“Made You Die”
“I’m tired of the marchin’, the rallyin’, the protestin’/
We hoopin’ and hollerin’, still we gettin’ no justice/
Cedeno, Diallo, Bell, Grant and Trayvon/
It’s the free mix on your radio station

“Skittles and Iced Tea”
“Look – no justice for a black male/
This ain’t a speculation song, I know the facts well/
Packed jails with us even if we proven innocent/
Then they wonder why we pack a strap and move militant/
“Die nigga die” is what they mumble, it’s like we live in a jungle/
Cause I’m considered a monkey even if I’m bright and humble/
This is Emmett Till speaking, Trayvon speaking/
Careful if you’re packing Skittles they consider that as reachin’ and they shoot you”

Mister F.A.B.
“God Don’t Love Me”
“A white man in the hoodie it mean he joggin’/
Black man in the hoodie mean he robbin'”

“We kill and we in the cell doing life/
They kill? Postin’ bail ’cause they white”

Tahir Jahi
“Date of My Death”
“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”

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