Wyclef, Trayvon Martin Tribute Song: ‘Justice (If You’re 17)’ Addresses Florida Tragedy
Last month, as he joined numerous hip-hop and R&B artists in demanding justice in the case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager gunned down in February by a neighborhood watchman in a gated community, Wyclef Jean tweeted the rallying cry, “Warriors let’s go to work!”
The former Fugee has done just that, and yesterday, he took to Twitter to unveil “Justice (If You’re 17),” a tribute song (listen below) written about the fallen teen. Recorded with Prescribed and J. Williams, the track is available as a free download, and a video is expected later this month.
“If you’re 17 with a hoodie on / watch out for the neighborhood watcher,” Wyclef warns, employing a drum machine and guitar to give the song his signature reggae-inflected hip-hop feel.
“He could have been the next president / He could have been the next Steve Jobs,” Clef sings later, mourning Trayvon’s death before leaving teens everywhere with a positive message: “Fight with your mind / stronger than arms.”
Listen to Wyclef’s “Justice (If You’re 17)”
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