Wyclef Jean is joining the ranks of Chaka Khan by weighing in on the Trayvon Martin case through music.
The Haitian-born Jean teamed up with Prescribed and J. Williams to produce a track titled “Justice (If You’re 17),” in memory of Martin, who was shot to death in February by neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Inspired by the events, Wyclef sings "If you're 17 with a hoodie on/ Watch out for the neighborhood watcher/ If you're at the right neighborhood at the wrong time/ Neighborhood watcher/ This might be your last call to your girlfriend/ The neighborhood watcher/ Man I feel for you if you're 17."
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In addition to the track, which was released Friday as a free download, J. Williams and Prescribed also produced a short video called “I Am.” The short delves into the Trayvon Martin case and touches on the issue of profiling.
A music video for “Justice” is slated to be released April 20.
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