The Game Addresses Ferguson in 'Dont' Shoot'
There have been numerous members of the music industry who have spoken out against the horrid death of Michael Brown, most recently we’ve seen public appeals from the likes of Sky Ferreria, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, and Killer Mike amongst others. But multi-platinum and multi-tatooed rapper The Game has just released his own definitive statement of protest with a track called Don’t Shoot, a clear and concise anthem for the hordes of citizens still being brutalized in the streets.
Don’t Shoot is no ordinary rap track, it has enough of The Game’s fellow rappers featured to be a contender for the hip hop update of We Are the World. The exhaustive guest list includes Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swiss Beatz, Fabolous, and literally a half dozen more. Lyrically, the song not only is a direct address towards Brown and his family but is a bona fide history lesson on the countless other heartbreaking instances of racially charged violence.
For those that can bear to tear themselves away from their respective streaming devices, buying the song on iTunes means making a donation towards the Justice for Mike Brown Charity, the featured artists won’t see a single cent. For a crew of rappers that we normally associate with slapping booty’s and getting crunk, Don’t Shoot is a wholly admirable and inspiring entry in their careers.