After the week we just had who better to respond than a Hip-Hop artist like Common (see video below or click HD Video). Unfortunately, that’s not what this is. This performance is a reminder of the cycle of tragedies that minorities are confronted with when evidence of police brutality is made public.
Common performed this at the 40th annual African American Festival in Baltimore this past Sunday. The message remains relevant and it’s important that the world hear it.
In a time where most mainstream artists shy away from discussing what’s going on in the world, Common has always used his art to explore current issues proving that there will always be a lane for “conscious” Hip Hop.
Other Artists have also attempted to use their art to spark debate, conversation, and peaceful action to address this epidemic.
Jay-Z released the song “Spiritual” as a response and in it admits that he doesn’t use his platform enough. In “Spiritual,“ he rapped “Stuntin’, of course we never grew / But we’re alone now and I’m singing this song for you”
Artists have always tried to send messages to the public through music to warn and remind Americans that there are still problems that need to be addressed.
Other artists have been actively leading the force of social activism
Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful protest Friday.
T.I. later posted videos and pictures with fans and protestors chanting “No Justice No Peace, No Racist Ass Police.”
We interviewed a current police officer that for obvious reasons would like to remain anonymous and asked questions in regards to these issues.
When asked how they felt about the shootings the officer replied “We never know what we walking into. You never freaking know. You never know and it might look like he’s a good guy, but why is he standing on the corner with a gun in his pocket and has a history of carrying a gun”
When asked why more police don’t speak out the officer replied, “We not suppose to say nothing. We have to let the investigation go through.”
The officer explained that the opportunity for a police officer to kill someone can be present and it’s up to them to make the right call.
“I have been in some situations where I should have pulled the trigger and didn’t because you know that’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life. Even if I did it and it was a good shoot; I still got it on my conscious, I done shot somebody.”
When asked what advice would you give people for dealing with police. “Do what they say and fight that battle afterwards,” the officer said.