Iyanla Vanzant challenged several rappers to come to Ferguson and speak up and out about the tragic killing of teenager Michael Brown. While only Common sent a video response, The Game and several of his friends in the industry are taking a more “We Are The World” approach. The Game solicited several people to record a tribute to song to Mike Brown called “Don’t Shoot.”
The song features everyone from Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and the members of TGT.
The Game spoke to Rolling Stone about why he felt it was so important to initiate and participate in this project.
“The issues in Ferguson really hit home for me, and I feel compelled to use my musical platform to address this,” the Game tells 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.
I managed to get everyone on board fairly easy, simply because we have the hearts,” says the Game. “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.”
Check out some of the verses from a few of the featured rappers below and then listen to the whole song. And be sure to support and buy, as funds from the sales will go to benefit the Justice for Mike Brown GoFundMe account.
“Tired of them killing us, I’m on my way to Ferguson.
Mothers screaming stop the riots, we ain’t got to chalk the city
They killing teens, they killing dreams.
We got to stick together, we all we got.
When police taking shots and I ain’t talking about Ciroc
I’m talking about Emmett till, I’m talking Ezell Ford. I’m talking about Sean Bell and they never go to jail for it.
Trayvon over skittles
Mike Brown cigarillos
story keep repeating itself like a Biggie instrumental
…My revenge is mental
I’d rather use my brain than throw a cocktail through a window
I got keys to the city, still we left in the cold
Hands in the sky, still was left in the road
Ribbon in the sky,
Michael Brown another soul
stole by the system
Black men we play the toll.
Excessive force was a drug
And they overdosed
Got us trying to protest
It’s a slow process
Heard it’s a lot of rotten eggs
in the crow’s nest
People praying on they feet
Police holding on with heat,
Turned on the news
and saw a tank rolling down the street
I seen a lot of ice water tossed
And I know it’s for a cause
My only question is
what we doing for the loss?
of Mike Brown
Cuz right now I challenge you
to use your talents to speak up
And don’t you ever let ’em silence you
Cuz actions speaks louder than words
that’s what I heard
Shot down with his hands up
that’s what occurred?
Man that sound absurd.
Matter of fact to me
that sound like murder.
Then TGT comes in for the chorus, asking knows where it ends and singing only God can save us.
Martin Luther King had a dream
But they ain’t respecting Jesse up out here
And they don’t really respect Obama out here
Lights out, go dark it’s like a nightmare
How the f*&k you play with them but they ain’t playing fair