Several MCs recorded a Trayvon Martin tribute track dedicated to the 17-year-old African American boy, who was shot dead in a gated community in Sanford, Florida back on February 26 while walking home from a snack run. One of them was Brooklyn MC Papoose, who dropped the, “Trayvon Martin Tribute.”
So, what did the Brooklyn MC think when he first heard that George Zimmerman, Martin’s killer, had posted bail during the wee hours of Monday morning (April 23)?
“That’s some savage shit,” Papoose told XXL in reaction of Zimmerman posting 10% of his $150,000 bail to become a free man until his trial next year. “The man could be free and Trayon is in his grave till eternity. Everybody celebrated when they arrested dude, but I think it was premature. This dude is an animal. The whole thing is bullshit.”
As angry as the Martin incident makes him, Papoose is proud that he and his peers in hip-hop at least spoke up about the situation.
“All of us being successful…anybody who has a voice, it’s our duty for us to provide a voice for those who don’t have a platform,” Papoose said. “I felt like it’s my duty. I felt like I’d be playing myself if I didn’t say something. I commend everybody.”
Pap, Plies, Mistah F.A.B., Wyclef and Los each recorded tribute tracks, while Young Jeezy, Prodigy, Nas, Bun B and 50 Cent all spoke about it. On Saturday night (April 21) at the Coachella music festival, A$AP Rocky and special guest Master P performed “Miss My Homies” in honor of Martin. Others such as Diddy, Rick Ross, Ludacris and Swizz Beatz tweeted out pictures of themselves wearing hoodies, the garment Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed.
According to USA Today, Zimmerman has a 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. curfew and must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle.—Mark Lelinwalla