Hip-Hop Reacts to Planned Troy Davis Execution

[Editor's Note: This story has been changed from its original original posting.]

As the story of Georgia man Troy Davis reaches its peak as controversial national news, the hip-hop community is weighing in strongly.

Davis, 42, was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting of Savannah. GA. police officer Mark MacPhail and is set to receive the death penalty at 7 p.m. EST tonight (September 21), in Georgia, despite the fact that there is no DNA evidence linking him to the death.

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike was on his way to a rally demonstration for the Death Row inmate in Jackson, GA. when XXL got a hold of him today.

“I’m the son of a police officer, so I know a little bit more about the case than most people would and I certainly can emphasize with any police officer’s family, who lost a father, a leader, a dad,” he said. “I can emphasize with that, but my concern with this case in particular is there was no physical evidence. I’ve been going to Savannah for over 15-years and I’ve heard rumors running rampant that he wasn’t even the guy; another guy was the shooter. Seven out of nine of the people have recanted their story, saying they were coerced by police and by the Savannah Police Department at that time to change their story and to change their story and incriminate Troy.

“Based on those facts, this is not enough evidence to kill someone,” Mike continued. “If there’s any doubt this could possibly be a mistake, if there’s any doubt that he may not be the guy, we shouldn’t do it. We should further investigate.”

Atlanta native DJ Holiday has strong feelings about the case as well, expressing that it reeks of racism.

“It’s terrible for him to be accused of something, if he didn’t even do anything,” Holiday told XXL. “I believe in this day and age, racism is still very, very strong. For them to do that at 7 today, it’s kind of a messed-up vibe [in Atlanta]. Atlanta is crazy right now. I really think there’s going to be a riot.”

Southwest of Atlanta is rap veteran Bun B in Houston, where coincidentally white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer will also be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. today for the 1998 murder of African American man James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, Texas.

Bun has been following both Byrd and Davis’s respective cases carefully, but has concern over the latter.

“If there’s a shadow of doubt, they’re supposed to at least hear the evidence,” Bun told <i>XXL</i> of Davis’ situation. “You’re dealing with Death Row. Right now, people are just trying to make an effort [via last-minute appeals] to let them know that people are concerned with the circumstances. I think the bottom line with this issue is they’re putting him to death for the killing of the police officer and there’s still doubt to whether he killed the police officer. In this man’s case, he’s only got a couple of hours left.”

Lupe Fiasco also weighed in on the story during his concert in Atlanta last night.

“Let that boy come home,” Lupe said about Troy Davis onstage at the Masquerade Music Park. “At the same time I want to say rest in peace to Officer MacPhail…we send condolenses and everything out to his family but at the same time too we want truth, we want justice; we don’t wanna send two victims to the grave.” [Watch here]

As of today, last-minute appeals and a request by Davis’ lawyers for a lie-detector test were denied by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole, according to The New York Times. The paper also reports that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was planning to visit Davis today and trying to ask President Obama for a reprieve. –Mark Lelinwalla

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  • anutha_level

    fukkin dirty south….i’m really disappointed with the state of GA for this bullsh!t, and i’m from the A. The state of TX delayed the execution of a white dude this past week pending further investigation….makes you wonder.

  • That.nickA.

    Troy done had his execution delayed 3 times already…. Sheeeiit. Justice might not get served, but when a white cop gets merked in Savannah, GA, a black man somewhere has to pay. F’ed up aint it?

  • Will Morebucks

    The worst part about it is that the real shooter’s gonna pop up a year later to confess… If you’re instituting the death penalty, you need to be the most positive as you can be that somebody did the crime

  • Sha

    Man…. Yall acting like yall are surprised or something. Georgia has one black city. Atlanta. Outside of that Georgia resembles a glass of spoiled milk. Racism, hatred, Republicans, and Skin Heads (Republicans without money). Some dummies go to Atlanta and think that’s a brother’s paradise. But catch some heat on a felony and watch how quickly you learn those demographics. Georgia, Texas, and Arizona…. A Black Man’s Hell….


      SPEAK ON IT BROTHER SHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • unclerobb

      WELL SAID SHA!!!!!

    • Flyte

      OK !!! Augusta fulla racist muthafuckaz down here.

  • Sean Izzle

    Crazy stories! Cant believe the murder took place in 1989. Thats a long ass time ago :O Thats ages ago! I didn’t even exist in 1989.

    We want justice and less violence in this world

  • Chong

    Would anyone be bothered if the guy (Troy Davis) was white?
    (By the way, I’m black)


      Think about it like this Chong,let’s say you’re being accused of the same thing and there’s no DNA or anything linking you to the crime,usually the case gets thrown out due to lack of evidence.But in this case it’s a Black man and they’re not letting him go even when there’s nothing linking him to the murder.

      Even if he was White I would still be outraged because it’s just wrong to do that to an innocent person.it’s just sad that some people don’t get that there are different races of people out there but the one thing we have in common is that we’re all human beings and we have to share this earth and we’re all gonna go through the crazy cycle of being born and dying.It’s that simple.

      I hope you see my point and think about it.
      Take care of yourself and may you and your family have a blessed day.

  • Dead President

    oh shit. it gon keep rolling in circles aint it.. ? dont know who did it so kill someone else.? thats messed up fam – stay safe .

  • Chrysallis

    My heart goes out to all you black people in America. You are such brave, strong people….I am a native New Zealander; a Maori, and I know what you put up with; only I see you being treated worse. Don’t ever give up the fight! It doesn’t have to be done with violence, but never give up the fight! Racism is evil; those who believe in racism will suffer! God bless you all!

  • Danny

    I have family in the system, and it’s never fair when your behind bars, regardless of what color you are. Wether he did the crime or not, there was no evidence, def not enough to take someones life, it costs more $ to execute a prisoner then to keep them beind bars….fu%k the SYSTEM!!

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