E-40 is one of many hip hop artists to have been moved by the Trayvon Martin case in recent weeks. BET.com sat down with the legendary Bay Area rapper recently and he shared his thoughts on the incident, not only as an American, but as a father of boys.
"I thought it was foul," E-40 said of his gut reaction to the news of Martin's killing and the handling of the case by police. "He was so young, man."
E-40 said he happened to come across a New York rally where demonstrators of all colors were marching to demand justice in the Martin case. He was so moved by what he saw that he stopped what he was doing and joined them.
"You've gotta stand for something," he said. "There were all kinds of people marching. White, Black, Filipino, whatever. People were saying, 'You know what? Something needs to be done about this.'"
The hip hop slang-ologist, understanding the pain that Trayvon Martin’s parents are experiencing, shared a few lessons that he's tried to impart to his offspring. The proud dad cautioned against getting drawn into negativity and conflict.
"Don't pay attention to negative people who are talking in your ear," he said. "A lot of people will say something negative to you just to get you to say something negative back. Misery loves company."
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