The Game, Diddy, Fabolous, Rick Ross, TGT And More Release Tribute Song For Mike Brown

August 28, 2014  |  

Source: Soundcloud

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. 

The Game

“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

Rick Ross 

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.


2 Chainz

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.


Swizz Beatz

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

You can purchase the song here/ donate to the Justice for Mike Brown fund here.

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  • Feedback Cola

    P. Diddy had to plug Ciroc….geez dude, can you take a day off?…it’s a tribute song—NOT ABOUT YOU!!!! Great song regardless!

    • DoinMe

      Isn’t he pathetic? SMH.

  • Good effort! Very proud of them for doing this! I’m glad the lyrics aren’t filled with the N word and profanity. I wish popular rappers and Urban artists would write like this consistently and spread a more positive message versus singing about twerkin, drinkin, b!tches and hoes

  • DoinMe

    Really? These same rappers have just as much responsibility for destroying the black community as the cops. With their destructive lyrics and planting ill behaviors in the minds of these guys (ie kill each other, get high, disrespect women, sell drugs, etc…), they kill them mentally, while the cops finish them off and kill them physically. If they really want to do something, they need to do like Iyanla said and change the rap message PERMANENTLY.

    • hollyw

      This is a good start. Rappers in the 80s and 90s regularly spit out socially conscious messages. This is probably the first time they were even held up to this standard and asked their opinions…

  • nss

    Yess I like it. I’m glad they all came together to make something so powerful

  • Jayne

    Then they’ll go back to their bottle poppin’, molly-ingesting, and sexist lyrics.

    • hollyw

      True. But at least they stood for one positive thing. Even Tupac was a highly conflicted, socially conscious lyrical genius.

  • wveronica7

    Love it but it’s sad that we’re in a situation that calls for this kind of song, sad that the target is still on our backs

  • Gabie Aldrich

    Now this is much better than dropping Ice Water on your head!! I’m not doing the challenge because of the drought in the west coast.

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