Members of the hip-hop community have continued to show their support for the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, by promoting news and rallies on his behalf via their social media accounts. Florida rapper Plies is the latest to bring light to the case with the release of his new tribute single “We Are Trayvon Martin.”
The opening lines of the track aptly sum up the public outcry surrounding the case, where the 17-year-old high school student was gunned down while walking home through a gated complex in Sanford, Florida on February 26. “I never thought wearing no hoodie could cost you your life/And I never thought you could just kill somebody and get out the same night,” Plies raps.
“We Are Trayvon Martin” will be officially available on iTunes on Tuesday (March 27) with proceeds from the song being donated to Martin’s family.
Last week Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy told MTV News’ Sway Calloway that it would take a community effort to bring justice to the slain teen and his family. “I feel very deeply as a community leader and as a product of my culture,” Jeezy said. “I feel like we all got to get together and stop this, ’cause I have a son his age and I just feel like that could’ve been either of our children.”
Martin was walking from the store to his dad’s home in the Sanford, Florida on February 26 when he was spotted by community watchman George Zimmerman. According to reports, Zimmerman, who was suspicious of the teen, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, called 911, but was instructed by the dispatcher not to pursue Martin. By the time police arrived on the scene, Zimmerman had shot Trayvon dead and claimed self-defense.