Hip Hop Community Reacting To Shooting Death of Michael Brown in Ferguson
Ever since news broke of the shooting of St. Louis teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, people abroad have been reacting with mixed reactions.
Rappers and others in the hip hop community are now speaking out as well as honoring the teenager whose life was taken by a police officer in a tragic shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, a city in St. Louis County, Missouri which, as of 2013 census, has an estimated population of a little over 21,000 while 2010 census data put the black population at around 68% and the white population at around 30%. While the city of Ferguson has a large black population, the state of Missouri’s 2010 census put the white population at around 83% with around 12% percent being black.
As reported on MemphisRap.com, Michael Brown was allegedly gunned down by a police officer with his hands in the air as the officer shot him multiple times, according to witnesses.
Hip Hop Artists React To The Death of Ferguson Teen Michael Brown
A number of artists in the hip hop community have took to social media to voice their thoughts and condolences as well as Atlanta rapper Big Boi of OutKast, St. Louis, Missouri native Nelly, Mississippi rapper David Banner, Chuck D. of Public Enemy and others.
Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy also honored Michael Brown in a concert on Tuesday night on the “Under The Influence Music” tour.
Jeezy wore a black t-shirt with the words “R.I.P. Michael Brown” while Wiz Khalifa wore a white t-shirt with the words “Don’t Shoot” across the front and “R.I.P. Michael Brown” across the back.
Rapper Nelly shared his post on Instagram sending blessings to the family of Michael Brown while stating there are a lot of questions to be answered hinting also that the rapper may plan to say more or do more after ending his post with the words “to be continued.”
Check out some of the tweets shared by the hip hop community including Memphis rappers Gangsta Boo and Yo Gotti who also shared their own posts over the death of St. Louis teen Michael Brown.
— Yo Gotti (@YoGottiKOM) August 13, 2014
And to that officer who killed Mike Brown, YOU deserve to be fired & arrested. Racism still exist. Do not forget or get comfortable
— Lola aka Boo (@GangstaBooQOM) August 11, 2014
— Yandy Smith (@yandysmith) August 14, 2014
Our situation is more psychological than people will admit. Black kids kill black kids for the same reason cops do. They see no value.
— DAVID BANNER (@THEREALBANNER) August 10, 2014