Kxng Crooked Debuts ‘I Can’t Breathe’ in Wake of Eric Garner Grand Jury Verdict
This week, the Roots drummer Questlove urged artists to create more songs with a message following the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. Slaughterhouse member Kxng Crooked (formerly known as Crooked I) beat many rappers to the punch with the relevant song 'I Can't Breathe.'
The rapper's timely track -- the title of which comes from the last words Garner yelled out before he died -- also touches on the case of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was shot and killed for carrying a toy pistol.
"So what's a black mom tell her son? They might hate the mere site of you / So no I can't buy that pellet gun because they might Tamir Rice you," he spits.
But the poignant lyrics don't stop there as the West Coast MC goes straight for the jugular of all those involved in failing to prosecute former police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., and Officer Daniel Pantaleo in New York.
"Cops working with the prosecutor, prosecutor manipulate the grand jury / Grand jury say it's no indictment, send the community into levels past fury... Protesters on the sidewalk they say Eric Garner was choked here / I say we burn this whole s--- down, but won't nothing change when the smoke clears," he rhymes.
King Crooked's latest mixtape, 'Sex, Money and Hip-Hop,' is now available for pre-order. The next Slaughterhouse album will hit shelves in early 2015.
Listen to King Crooked's 'I Can't Breathe'
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