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Wyclef Jean Releases Tribute Song to Trayvon Martin Called ‘Justice (If You’re 17)’

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The Trayvon Martin case has gavilinzed the hip-hop community and has spawned several tribute songs in memory of the late teen. Following in the footsteps of Plies, rapper Wyclef Jean released his tribute song ‘Justice (If You’re 17),’ in honor of Martin who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26.

On the acoustic guitar-driven tune, Wyclef cautions young teens to be careful when walking alone on the streets. “If you’re 17 with a hoodie on / Watch out for the neighborhood watcher,” he warns. He then adds, “If you’re 17 / You should learn the law / Fight with your mind / Stronger than arms / Make no mistake / There’s one like you / On every block / And every country.”

But the focal point is Trayvon Martin, and the former Fugee doesn’t forget about the slain 17-year-old teen. “He could have been the next president / He could have been the next Steve Jobs / He could have been the next astronaut / So, until we can get justice / We won’t stop,” he croons.

Wyclef Jean has shot a video for ‘Justice (If You’re 17),’ which is slated to premiere on April 20.

Listen to Wyclef Jean, ‘Justice (If You’re 17)’

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