With communities across the country taking to the streets in protest of the recent non-indictment of police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson this past August, HipHopDX caught up with several artists to get their take on the news.
Reporting from the red carpet of a screening for YG’s new short film Blame It On The Streets, HipHopDX spoke with Ty Dolla $ign, Iamsu!, and Eric Bellinger about the news and recent demonstrations on the ground in Ferguson.
“My take on that is, damn man, it’s fucked up man,” Ty Dolla $ign said in a clip the premiered as a part of today’s DX Daily. “It’s very fucked up. I just don’t wanna see people fuck their own neighborhood up like we did ours here in South Central back in the day ‘cause it doesn’t make sense to fuck your own neighborhood up. But I understand how people feel. That shit’s fucked up. It keeps on happening to us. Something’s gotta fucking give eventually.”
Iamsu! said, “Honestly I’m really disappointed. It kind of made my stomach hurt a little bit. But I’m trying to get my mind off it. I’m here. See all these beautiful Black faces. We alive. We happy. We gotta show people how to stick together. But, I’m really disappointed by that verdict honestly.”
Eric Bellinger, a singer and songwriter affiliated with The Writing Camp, added his own thoughts.
“I think it’s just a crazy world that we live in,” he said. “I don’t think justice has been served in this particular situation.”