Last night (June 17), a man opened fire on a Bible study at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina according to NBC News. He killed nine people, including the pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney. The suspect, Dylann Roof, who is white, was apprehended this morning (June 18) in North Carolina.

Hip Hop responded through various social media platforms.

Talib Kweli posted various articles about the shooting and the history of violence in America. He also engaged his Twitter audience in talk about race and justice.

Krayzie Bone and Questlove also shared their thoughts via social media.

Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Isaiah Rashad encouraged people to pray for the city of Charleston. TDE president Punch also shared his thoughts on Twitter.

9th Wonder and Rapsody posted about the shootings. Rapsody sent a Twitter post with the name and a heart to honor a few of the victims.

Lecrae posted on Instagram calling the shooting “heavy.” His label, Reach Records, posted on Twitter sending out prayers to the families of the victims.

Tyler, The Creator questioned society’s assumptions of the shooter.



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