D.C. R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn has released an affecting song inspired by slain teenager Trayvon Martin in the aftermath of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal Saturday night.
The song, “Trigga Man,” takes the shape of an open letter from a victim to his killer, beginning, “Dear assassinator, dear murderer, did you ever stop to think that I could have been a teacher, a preacher, or played power forward?/That I could have been a surgeon, a father, a grandpa one day?/But you, you’re a dream killer, trigger man.” It goes on, “I’m supposed to be in the yearbook/I’m supposed to be king at the prom, maybe even get a full ride for an education/What a price to pay, what a price to pay, for a walk to the store/Left for dead like an animal/You’re a coward and a criminal.”
“Trigga Man,” which includes a verse from Styles P, opens with a sliver of President Obama‘s March 2012 comments on the 17-year-old’s death, and borrows from a news broadcast about Jordan Russell Davis, another unarmed, black Florida teenager shot dead by a white man last year. “Trigga Man” is a song very much driven by Martin’s killing, but it seems to speak from a composite perspective, assuming the voices of multiple young, innocent black men killed by bullets.
This is the second song DeVaughn has released in the last several days; he dropped the second single from his forthcoming album, A Place Called Love Land, last week.
Listen to “Trigga Man” below.