Dear Hip Hop,…Will You Speak Out for Trayvon?

Last week I spoke at the STL Hoodie March in support of Trayvon Martin. You can check out a clip of my speech HERE.

Dear Hip Hop,

Hip Hop through the good and the bad you have always been a voice of those who were the most disenfranchised from the American Dream. It started out as something that was an organic thing that spoken for urban neighborhoods. Over time you have brought more people together in the world than any other culture or movement in history. Hip Hop has always been about getting some form of wealth or shine but it seems of lately you stand for nothing and willingly fall into anything. I previously wrote and asked “Will Hip Hop Ever Get A Positive Hip Hop Track?” and I concluded that it would have to take a drastic situation to get this to happen.  Hip Hop you dropped the ball on Oscar Grant  but a bigger situation has come to a pass now with the Trayvon Martin murder.

Hip Hop I know has been scared about speaking out about injustice and organizing some of its fans. I am not a real proponent that you are role models because I believe that people need to not towards hip hop solely for role models BUT you do have a voice that is listened to. Hip Hop you can still stand for something and get your dough because I know most of hip hop now is about the money. But, hip hop I and many like me still love you and still need you to be an impactful voice. You don’t have to be the conscious rapper you dred to be because you feel they don’t get any money. Even the most gangsta rappers have spoken out on hard-hitting issues the communities were going to from Too Short (Yes, Freaky Tales Too Short) to NWA spoke on the LA riots and were a voice for the West Coast disenfranchised youth.  What about another “Self-Destruction” ? Or another “All in the Same Gang” ? Hip Hop legions don’t need a song necessarily but even a few words on the radio, a Facebook status, a tweet, or even a picture rocking a hoody can show solidarity to the people who rock to your music every day. Hip Hop you speak about bitches, hoes, money, drugs, and cars but what’s the use of only rapping about that if your fans are being gunned down innocently in cold blood. This isn’t just about Trayvon Martin because this happens in everywhere in the world but it can a damn good start.

You have many artists amongst your ranks chiming in on the Trayvon Martin situation but can we get some MORE solidarity. I appreciate people like Jasiri X with his great story telling on “Trayvon” and as critical as I have been on Plies I have to give him props even for his contribution to the movement.  So, I challenge you Hip Hop to show the people (like I know you can) that life is more than just money, hoes, and clothes. Hip Hop you taught me and many others about life. I know it may seem like you are on life support but even that still means you have life. I know you won’t let me and the people who need you the most down.


Darryl Frierson

Hip Hop Legion

Last week I spoke at the STL Hoodie March in support of Trayvon Martin. You can check out a clip of my speech HERE.

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18 responses to “Dear Hip Hop,…Will You Speak Out for Trayvon?

  1. Actually, WE (who have been rallying, marching and standing up) who may not be the artists…ARE SPEAKING OUT! That’s enough…..why? because “We Are Hip Hop….We Are Trayvon…..All Of Us”

    Great Post BTW…….


  2. Hip Hop died when it sold its soul for being accepting by the mainstream. Great letter but I doubt many rappers want to upset their record companies by saying anything

  3. So much love from me to you for this post!! These artists have to start at least show they care about the communities they came from

  4. I know this will be unpopular on your blog, but let’s wait for all the facts and cool the rhetoric. That being said Zimmerman should not have pursued and should not have had a weapon. It was his job to watch and report; that’s it. This was not just to watch for white residence, but black also. If, and I repeat ‘if,’ any one of us were being beaten, as is alleged, if we were in possession of a gun would we use it?
    Just to set matters straight so I don’t get hate replies, the incident should not have happened and that was for the most part in the hands of Zimmerman.

    • You are all good brotha! I promote dialogue on this blog even if you disagree with my posts.

      With that being said I agree some facts need to come out but the situation of Zimmerman pursuing Trayvon like he was The Dark Knight was problematic. Considering the dispatch told him to stand down.

      2nd if you were Trayvon and someone was following you in the rain and stepped to you would you not defend yourself? Zimmerman was the aggressor and when he gets his “ass kicked” for trying to “patrol” he decides to use a gun on someone defenseless that HE engaged. That’s what infuriates me the post about this incident

      • Thanks, for your reply.
        This whole thing stinks. I don’t want to see one other person needlessly hurt.
        History tells us that sometimes justice is only gained by being loud and standing united, but booth sides have taken up demonizing both sides.
        I’ve met many Zimmerman-types, but there I go, I don’t know him. I wasn’t there. The reason why I wasn’t there is that I’d never chase a guy who only looked suspicious.
        Another part of this story that bothers me is that if Martin had committed a crime and Zimmerman did the same thing the media would have made him a hero. In my eyes it would hav been just as bad.

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