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Hip-hop stars unite for Michael Brown tribute song


THE GAME, Rick Ross, P Diddy and a host of other hip-hop and R&B stars have recorded a track addressing the issues around the unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month.

Rapper The Game has enlisted a group of 10 rappers and four R&B acts to pen the protest song Don't Shoot.

Featured on the track is P Diddy, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and the R&B group TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank).

ALBUM COVER: Don't Shoot features a host of hip-hop and R&B

"The issues in Ferguson really hit home for me, and I feel compelled to use my musical platform to address this," the Game told Rolling Stone.

"I am a black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown's happening to them. This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice."

Lauryn Hill also dedicated a track to the people of Ferguson – an interpretation of her track My Favourite Things called Black Rage, reported NME.

Rapper J Cole responded to the unrest with a song Be Free, which accompanied a detailed blog where he wrote: "I’m tired of being desensitised to the murder of black men. I don’t give a f*** if it’s by police or peers. This s*** is not normal."

SHOT: Teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officers as he made his way to his St. Louis home

The death of Michael Brown on August 9 sparked mass vigils across the US to protest police brutality and racial profiling.

The 18-year-old, who died just days before heading off to college, was fatally shot by a police officer while walking on a street near his suburban St. Louis home.

He was shot six times by police officer Darren Wilson.

President Obama has called Brown's death at the hands of police officers “heartbreaking”.

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