Nas Pens Letter to Teens Responsible for Chicago Street Murder
After a video documenting the brutal street beating and murder of a high school student on Chicago's Southside sent shock waves across the nation last Thursday, reactions from horrified citizens and celebrities have continued to flood the web.
Police say that 16-year-old Derrion Albert was caught in the middle of a dispute between two warring factions just four blocks from his school and was beaten to death by a group of boys while bystanders looked on and filmed the incident.
Relaying the heartbreak of a nation and a culture, Nas penned a heartfelt letter via Global Grind, addressing the youth who were responsible for the murder, chastising them for picking the wrong fights, but explaining that it was something he saw often in his youth.
"We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains," he wrote. "Deaths over 'he say, she say,' 'I'm from this block or I'm from that block,' or 'my moms n pops is f---ed up now the whole world gotta pay!!!"
The Queens rapper pleaded with the perpetrators, all of whom are under 20-years-old, to realize that only they possess the power to enhance the future of the black community. Nas begged them to realize that the days of violence and hatred depicted in early 90s films such as 'Juice' should be a thing of the past.
"When we see each other why do we see hatred?" Nas continued. "Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS ... and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I'm with you young warriors. You're me and I'm you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war."
Four suspects have been arrested and charged with the murder of the high school junior, including 19-year-old Silvanus Shannon, 16-year-old Eric Carson, 18-year-old Eugene Riley and 17-year-old Eugene Bailey.