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Music Matters: Young Jeezy Releases Tribute to Trayvon Martin

its-a-cold-world-young-jeezyAs the world struggles to make sense of the verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, in which his killer George Zimmerman was found not guilty, many in the entertainment industry are equally saddened by the outcome of the trial.

Young Jeezy has released a song “It’s A Cold World” in tribute to Martin.

As reported by rollingstone.com:

“As the jury deliberated on Saturday in the trial of George Zimmerman over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Young Jeezy posted a note on Facebook to the relatives of the unarmed 17-year-old victim.

‘”I would like to offer strength to you and the family through this entire ordeal. I pray that justice is served and the memory of Trayvon is carried through you and through all of us,’ the rapper wrote, adding,’It’s in God’s Hands.'”

And Young Jeezy is not alone. Many in the music community have been reacting to the outcome of the case and more importantly, the implications it will have going forward. As reported here, from Beyonce to Rihanna,  many are outraged by the verdict.

The track is somewhat raw, which is understandable because it is a reaction piece created from powerful emotion. The “it’s a cold world” chorus, while a fitting title, does get a bit repetitive. But once again, given the circumstances we understand this isn’t meant to be a radio hit.

On the song Young Jeezy compares the loss of Trayvon Martin to the friends and family members he has lost during his lifetime.

According to hiphopdx.com:

“On the track, Jeezy laments the loss of friends and reveals he feels the same kinship with Trayvon.

“‘Why they take little Kay out, wish he could have been another / I was just smokin’ with him felt like I lost a brother / They killed Mikey, went to serve a n***a by himself / I’m losin’ homies everyday, I’m like please somebody else / If nothin’ else n***a, I’mma do it for Trayvon / That’s on a stack of Bibles, least two or three Qurans.”‘

And to make sure that his intentions for the record were completely clear, Jeezy’s post on Facebook assured  followers: “I am in no way shape, form, or fashion trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it.”

Take a listen below and tell us what you think.

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