Following his controversial comments earlier in the week, B.o.B speaks out on the Michael Brown shooting on “New Black.” On the powerful self-produced track, Bobby Ray prays for an end to the injustice and calls on his community to bring about change.
“I’m just on some black mob shit / The best way to protest is hit ’em where it hurts, their pockets / It’s time to boycott shit,” he declares.
He ends his song with a sermon. “We gotta stop saying the same things and just do something different,” adds B.o.B. “All this energy that we’re putting into protesting, we should put it into our community, put it into starting businesses, put it into your kids.”
His Hustle Gang boss T.I. has also penned a thought-provoking letter in response to the unrest in Ferguson.
Hear both rappers take a stand.
T.I.’s Open Letter
(To My People)Look at us. Rebels without a cause. Soldiers without a general. A lost generation. Ready for War. No strategy,no training. Armed only with our grief,aggravation, and passionate disdain for our treatment in America. Sick and tired of everything…especially ourselves. We’d rather use the tragedies of our environment as an excuse to act-out,go-off,or turn-up, rather than use our education,talents & future opportunities to get-out,speak-up,& make-a-change. Look at us… Too Enraged to sit around & do nothing. But Too Entrapped in da cycle of vengeance/hostility to do anything WORTH doing. Look at us. So upset with our conditions that we’ve gone into “Fuck-it” mode… “Fuck-the-world” “Fuck-the-Police” And even “Fuck” the wishes & request of a grieving mother,father,family who lost a son…who’s memory they would NOT like to see tarnished by OUR negative ACTIONS/DECISIONS. Naaah G,that ain’t the code, this ain’t da way. What I see us doing is just as futile as swinging wildly into the wind,waiting on the air to get tired. One question to MY PEOPLE: What are we changing…Really? Look at us. Destroying our own community, but continuing to spend money in theirs. Refusing education… re-volving in the same cycle of ignorance instead of e-volving out of it. I must admit that I TOO am disgusted wit America’s treatment. I TOO demand change. But Goddddaaaaamn man…. Look at us!!!!! Although I too am at fault to a degree & I admit that I may not have all da answers… I do have a fun fact for you. Insanity is…Going about things the same way,expecting a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!