Emotions are still very high in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, neighborhood watch guard who shot and killed unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Atlanta hip-hop star T.I. was being interviewed on Power 98 FM and when asked about the murder and subsequent trial, the rapper did not hold back in his response.
“Man, it was some bulls–t,” Tip stated. “My hat goes off to the Martin family, because if it was me and my child, it wouldn’t have been no trial.”
“I’d have been on trial. It would’ve been the trial of the father who killed the man who killed [his child],” he added. “That would have been my story. My hat goes off because they [the Martin family] are much more clear and level-headed thinkers than I. I definitely think something needs to be done, but it’s just another harsh reminder of the world that we live in.”
Since Zimmerman’s acquittal, rallies and marches have been held around the country–both in tribute to Trayvon Martin and in protest of the controversial Stand Your Ground law, which many feel laid the groundwork for Zimmerman’s exoneration. Also, numerous hip-hop artists like Young Jeezy, Pharoah Monche, Plies and others, have released songs in memory of Trayvon and the aftermath of his murder.