Outraged by last week’s controversial verdict in the Sean Bell police shooting, Compton rapper The Game is gearing up to debut a song in response — titled “911 Is A Joke.”
In the song, which will debut on the rapper’s new site ThisIzGame.com on Tuesday (April 29), he will address police brutality and tactics.
“I’m outraged and speaking out for my generation that are afraid to speak out against police brutality and murder,” The Game said in a statement. “I grew up in Compton and had to stay silent because of the fear that was prevalent in my community, but now that I have a voice I’m speaking out.”
For those unaware, last week, three plain clothes officers were found not guilty for shooting and killing Sean Bell in November 2006 after leaving his bachelor party in Queens, New York.
The verdict has spawned worldwide outrage, especially in the hip-hop community.
“This could have easily been me, my brother, my family. So this song is for Sean Bell from my heart,” The Game said. “My deepest condolences goes out to his family and wife Nicole Bell.”
In addition to the The Game, incarcerated rapper Prodigy has also released a statement in regard to the slaying, who called the NYPD a branch of the “corrupt tree called the United States government.”
“First of all, rest in peace to Sean Bell and I want to send my condolences to his wife, kids, family and friends and all the Sean Bell boys — Hold your head,” said the Mobb Deep founder. “We lost a lot of battles, but we will win the war. The decision in the Queens courtroom on Friday, April 25 was simply a display of power. The NYPD is just a branch of corruption connected to a giant corrupt tree called the United States government. This tyrannical corrupt tree has its roots planted deep into the United Kingdom.
“The Sean Bell murder cover-up is less about race and more about power. This evil family tree of corruption will do whatever it takes to remain in a position of power. They will put a judge who they can control on the case, in order to get the outcome they want and eliminate the risk of being exposed and exposing the higher ups. I want to be very clear that all judges, DAs, lawyers, cops are not corrupt, just most of them,” he continued.
Queensbridge rapper, Cormega, also expresses his displeasure with the verdict, although it was a little tamer than Prodigy’s comments.
“The Sean Bell murder itself was a reflection of how expendable black men are In the eyes of many,” said Cormega. “The verdict was a far worse crime because it stripped a dead man of his rights and it stripped a community of hope. We came so far as a people yet gained little momentum, but I would like to thank society for re-opening my eyes to the myth called equality and the justice that eludes just us.”
Many others are also taken back by the court’s decision, including the South, and Bun B, who said, “The verdict is almost as tragic as the incident. I’ve already lost [a] life, and now we’ve got a loss of justice and loss of reciprocation for what’s happened. And it cuts you on so many levels.”
“This is just another example that the justice system in America views a black life as worthless,” Ice Cube said.