Hip-Hop Speaks Up for Ferguson, Missouri Protesters

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.14.14 in News

Earlier this week, Killer Mike shared a powerful call for basic human empathy toward the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old African-American shot to death by a police afternoon on Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri. Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy also paid Brown quiet tribute in their St. Louis-area concert on Tuesday, and the RootsQuestlove tweeted that “EVERY human being deserves civil treatment.”

Last night, as protests swept through Ferguson for a fifth straight evening — see the Los Angeles Times for one report — other rappers, musicians, and singers with hip-hip ties took to social media to share their views as the world watched officers with assault rifles, body armor and armored personnel carriers disperse the crowd with, according to witnesses, tear gas and rubber bullets.

Big Boi, Questlove, Common, Cee Lo Green, Q-TipEl-P, Jean GraeWu-Tang Clan‘s U-God and John Legend were among the artists commenting on the situation last night. See a sampling of what they shared below, and scroll down to see David Banner talking about Brown on CNN. UPDATE: Janelle Monáe, who’s originally from Kansas City, has also posted a series of tweets that appear to address the events.