The Most Popular Musical Tributes Made for Trayvon Martin
1 year ago
And maybe a not-so-great one
Celebrities are honoring Trayvon Martin in a number of ways; from wearing hoodies to Tweeting messages to their millions of fans, stars are looking for justice to be served to the young victim and his shooter George Zimmerman.
While Plies decided to release a tribute song to the teen on iTunes with all proceeds going to his family, Chaka Khan rounded up dozens of her famous friends for an honorary remake of one of her songs. Papoose sampled the spiritual song "Wade in the Water," while Childish Gambino made a faux pas by using the slain student's name as a punchline. A few used audio from the controversial 911 calls made, as well as recordings from President Obama's speech. Listen below:
Wyclef, "Justice": The former Fugees member's reggae-tinged song comes soon after releasing his viral effort “I Am” focusing on global profiling.
"If you're 17 / You should learn the law / Fight with your mind / Stronger than arms..."
Chaka Khan, Kelly Price, Eric Benet and more, "Super Life": Khan gathered artists and friends to re-record her hit, vowing that after "exploiting media to our own benefits", celebrities ought to "exploit media for the benefit of humanity as a whole."
"A mama's cryin' 'cause another young man has gone and died / He's not some statistic He's another awesome destiny denied..."
Plies, "We Are Trayvon": The rapper, alongside adolescents decked out in hoodies and holding Skittles, spits to help the efforts of removing "elements of judgment while uplifting young black men in the eyes of the general public."
"I never thought wearing no hoodie could cost you your life / And I never thought you could just kill somebody, get out the same night..."
Los, "Wit My Hoodie On": The Bad Boy rapper continues the hoodie movement, grabbing friends and family to rock the once-casual attire, now made a strong representation of Trayvon's supporters.
"If you ain’t riding with me, I’m willing to walk / Like I’m wrestling for this one shot / Feeling like Trayvon on the lawn before the gun shot..."