"A Song for Trayvon"
Lyrics by Jasiri X
(based on "No Church in the Wild" by Jay-Z & Kanye West)
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
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
How bout I grab you some skittles kid. I'll be right back in a little bit.
Paid for lil cuz's skittles and a iced tea 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
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.
"A Song for Trayvon"
Event produced by Kevin Powell, Akila Worksongs, MoveOn.org & ColorofChange.org
Hosted by The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, NY.
Video produced by ART NOT WAR.com
co-produced with AOCNetwork.com
"A Song for Trayvon" written and performed by Jasiri X
Directed by Laura Dawn & David Ambrose
Produced by Daron Murphy, Aaron Brooks for Art Not War
Rachel Goldstein for AOCNetwork.com
co-produced Corrie Barker for MoveOn.org
DC director of photography: Brian Canavan
Additional cameras: Peter Bolte, Matt Pascarella, Francesco Saviano
Lead Vocals: Inyang Bassey
Guitar: Daron Murphy
Drums: Aaron Brooks
Keys: Joanna Choy
Bass: Kyle McCammon
Backing vocals: Laura Dawn, Cherie Martorana