Hip hop is using strength in numbers to call for justice in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. On Wednesday (Aug. 27) Game premiered "Don't Shoot," a musical tribute to the slain teenager and the protests Brown's death sparked in Ferguson, Missouri.
Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank) are all featured on the six-minute song. "The issues in Ferguson really hit home for me and I feel compelled to use my musical platform to address this," says the Compton MC. "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."
Adds the father of four, "I managed to get everyone on board fairly easy, simply because we have the hearts. We care and are inclined to take a positive approach to resolving an issue that has existed since the beginning of mankind and that is RACISM and hatred towards one another as human beings."
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