1. NEW MUSIC: Jasiri X – “Trayvon.”

    Jasiri X composes a powerful narrative based on the night of Trayvon Martin’s death. Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch block captain in a gated community in Sanford, FL, in late February in what many believe to be a racially motivated homicide. Widespread outrage in reaction to the police’s failure to prosecute the shooter, George Zimmerman, has resulted in the announcement of a federal investigation. Using Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church In the Wild” from Watch the Throne as its instrumental backing, X’s “Trayvon” fully realizes the dramatic tension of the track in ways the OG absolutely could not. Frank Ocean’s somber vocals remain, his philosophical ruminations now far more profound in the context of this real life tragedy.


    It’s Sunday the God’s day a day of rest
    The Nba all stars are playing next
    But right outside that same city
    The celebratory atmosphere would change quickly
    Who watching the game with me you know lil Trayvon
    Was reppin his home town D Wade and LeBron
    He had just came up from Miami to see his daddy
    Who knew such a great weekend would end so badly
    In a place where you move because it’s safe for your family
    But some people got a ingrown hate for your family
    Halftime just a short brake from the slammin
    Bout to go to the store lil cuz you want some candy?
    Bet I grab you some skittles kid
    I’ll be right back in a little bit

    Paid for lil cuz’s skittles and a ice t
    walked out the store and felt the chill of the night breeze
    it seemed a little colder than before
    he didn’t know it was a boy like a soldier in a war
    that was watching him clocking him thinking about stopping him
    nine milly cocking them who’s this nigga walking in my neighborhood
    he fits all the specifics of criminal statistics he looks suspicious
    911, what’s your emergency
    A black man’s walking through my hood purposely
    stay clam, it’s just little Trayvon but he wanna be the hero so he put’s his cape on
    George Zimmerman neighborhood block captain
    loaded glock strapped in fake cop has been
    got out the car ignoring what the cops asked him
    They always get away this time that will not happin

    George Zimmerman didn’t take his Ritalin
    drunk off adrenaline says he making a citizens arrest
    Trayvon looks at him vexxed
    I just walked to the store nothing more nothing less
    Just steps from his home he ignored his request
    George grabs him, Trayvon swings and connects
    Starts screaming out for help but Zimmerman see a threat
    so he pulls out his gun and he points it at his chest
    He fires but he misses Trayvon pleads for forgiveness
    I didn’t do nothing this is senseless
    but George Zimmerman was so vicious
    he made sure the second shot hit em no survivor no witness
    Trayvon never gave his cousin his skittles
    missed the all star game didn’t see another dribble
    And George Zimmerman wasn’t even arrested
    the message is only white lives are protected
    In America

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