The death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American who was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. by a community watch captain in February despite being unarmed, has sparked a media firestorm and allegations of racism. Many public figures, from President Obama to the members of the Miami Heat to musical artists like The-Dream and Diddy, have spoken out about the controversial act of violence, and now, Florida rapper Plies has released a tribute to Martin titled "We Are Trayvon" on his web site.
Over a somber beat and piano flourishes, Plies weighs in on Martin's death by lamenting that trying to live right can still get you in unnecessary trouble. "I never thought wearin' no hoodie could cost you your life/And I never thought you could just kill somebody and get out the same night," Plies raps, referring to the piece of clothing Martin was sporting when he was killed. He later adds, "What's right is right, what's wrong is wrong/Trayvon Martin, you'll forever live on," and on the spoken-word outro, the rapper pictures Martin playing football in heaven, with a "solid gold football."
"We Are Trayvon" was released to iTunes on Wednesday (Mar. 28) after premiering over the weekend. The track is now on sale for $1.29.
Plies, who has released four albums since 2007, is best known for his singles "Hypnotized" featuring Akon and "Bust It Baby (Part II)" with Ne-Yo. His latest mixtape, "On Trial," was released last month.