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The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'
In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.
Killer Mike penned an op-ed for Billboard, Lauren Hill dedicated the song "Black Rage" to the beleaguered city, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald released a long-form statement about the events unfolding in his hometown, St. Louis rapper Nelly also weighed in, as did T.I. and Diddy, while Common led a moment of silence at the VMAs and more.
Well, The Game and friends just stepped up their action more than two weeks following Brown's death and two weeks after his funeral with a team up of over a dozen hip-hop heavy hitters to record and release the track "Don't Shoot" in dedication to Brown.
The song includes The Game with Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem and King Pharaoh who each take turns dishing their own verses on the issues in Ferguson and racial injustice across the country. Meanwhile TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank) and a youth chorus of kids handle the chorus:
"Time to take a stand to save our future / like we all got shot, we all got shot / Throwing up our hands don't let them shoot us / because we all we got, we all we got / God didn't put us on this earth to get murdered / It's murder / Don't point your weapons at me."
The Game has shown us previously he's adept at assembling a massive crew of big name features with 2008's "It's Okay (One Blood)" remix that featured more than 20 guests, including Snoop Dogg, Nas, T.I. and Lil Wayne. But this comes as pleasant surprise, as the media's attention of Ferguson has begun quieting down, putting attention back on the issues there and around the country, and pulling some big names to help.