Young Brotha Tray

Only post I’m making about the Trayvon situation. The young brotha didn’t have to die. End of story.

There is audio from the 911 call where they specifically told Zimmerman to stay away from the kid; they will handle it from there. It could have ended there. He took it upon himself to continue following him. Now if this dude ran up on him and Trayvon felt the need to react, then isn’t that self defense? But then Zimmerman felt the need to shoot and kill him. He was specifically told to leave the situation alone. But he didn’t. You kill someone, you serve time. Yet he’s off.

They can try to corrupt the system and this world, but ultimately we all have to face God. There’s no avoiding that. No money in the world can change your fate.

I wrote and recorded a song when the killing occurred.

Listen to the song and read what I wrote about it back then:

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Artwork by Matthew Silva | Music by Scheme & Oscar Castillo

With this particular series, I wanted to talk about the Trayvon Martin situation. I’ve always been fueled to write when certain situations of injustice occur, I just never make it a point to make it so straight forward. The day after the Oscar Grant shooting, I wrote the intro to The Manifesto EP. From the lyrics I penned to the angst in my voice, the whole intro was fueled by the incident. I sometimes feel that too many artist discredit the actual incident by somewhat capitalizing on a current event; but the artist in me also understands that we have the responsibility to be the voice of the people. Some of the greatest music came from a dark place, but it gave a sense of hope and power. I want to give myself that opportunity to make music like that. I’m not going to stop myself from creating just because I feel some artist may be doing it for the wrong reasons, and I don’t want to be seen in the same light by others. Yet, who am I to judge from what place other artists art came from? Nobody. So I did what I’ve always done; followed my instinct and made the music I wanted to create. This is a genuine piece on my behalf. And I hope you receive it as just that.

“Freedom song for the one’s that never made it back home…” – Scheme

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