KXNG Crooked I addresses the Eric Garner case on the powerful track “I Can’t Breathe .”
Crooked I is one of the hip hop artist using public platform to voice his displeasure with the injustice’s happening in the news of late. In November he addressed Ferguson verdict during the Shady XV cypher and today two days after the Eric Garner verdict came out he rose to the occassion again and as MTV news called it “Channeled his inner Tupac.” listen to the west coast word smith speak his mind below.
Police offcier Daniel Pantaleo was seen on video taking Garner down with a chokehold, while the 43-year old man shouted out “I Can’t Breathe” 11 times. Wednesday’s decision not to indict has triggered a number of protests across the nation and now Crooked’s new track.
“They tell me I’m resisting arrest/ But I’m only protecting my breath, I can’t breathe/ The cops hate a black man to death/ They tell me that mentality left, it didn’t leave,” Crooked spits over the same instrumental that 2Pac used for his 1994 track “Pain.”
Over the course of the four-minute song, the Slaughterhouse MC expresses his frustration in a somber tone, a tone that we aren’t used to hearing him rap in. Crook says he won’t “trust the police again” and calls attention to 12-year old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by police in Cleveland in November.