D.R.S. Lead Singer Reflects on Their Hit Song for Trayvon Martin
R&b artist LaMarr "Deuce" Lubin who was signed to Capitol Records with the hot r&b group Dirty Rotten Skoundrels (D.R.S.) in 1993 -94 is hit hard by the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. This horrible news brought the soul singer to reflect on similar experiences of a friend who had been killed.
Deuce Lubin writes a very heart-felt letter to Trayvon's parents dedicating, "Gangsta Lean" to Trayvon and those that have been unnecessarily murdered.
Read letter below:
A letter to Trayvon Martin's Parents:
As I sit here listening to the news , looking at my emails and reading facebook about your tragic son's death I can't help but remember my song "Gangsta Lean (This is for my Homies)" which my group DRS made back in 93-94. I remember us making the song because a dear friend had been killed and we didn't have an outlet to express how we felt. At that time my friend was looked at as a hoodlum, gang banger, some one that society would say was not a productive citizen because of the style of clothes he wore, but that was far from the truth. Although my friend was young he had accomplished a lot in his young life. He had been a youth counselor, karate instructor for underprivileged youth and just a nice guy that old and young alike had respected and liked. But because he had dressed a certain way he had been mis judged by people that never got to know who he really was. So we thought writing this song would not only honor our friend but also bring a change so people would see that no matter what a person does, say or live they are someones Homie, Loved one, Son, Daughter, Friend, Father, Mother and Human Being.
Â Now thinking about your son's death I realize that nothing has changed. People are still being judged based on there race and there clothing. How crazy is that. I truly understand because I myself was pulled over recently because I was driving a Cadillac with a Louie Vuitton beanie and a matching scarf and was stopped and handcuffed put in the back of the car and when I asked why I was told that I was bigger than him and could cause him harm although he was the one with the gun.Â So I applaud you for your vigilance and your steadfastness for fighting for your son and making sure that his killing didn't fall through the cracks. Too many times have minorities been profiled and for the wrong reason.Â Walking through a neighborhood wearing a hoodie and being anÂ African American youthÂ should not be a reason for some one following you and ultimately shooting you to death.
Â So I want you to know that I will dedicate my song to your son forever and those that are killed unnecessarily. His death has also spurred me to get back into doing my music and writing music about the injustices of the this world. I just want to send out some love and peace to you and your family and to let you know that you are in my prayers and I pray that God send you some comfort in knowing that we the world stand with you and that the beautiful child that you brought into this world will never I mean never be forgotten, so I say Trayvon Martin "go ahead and rest in that gangsta lean" cause "This is for my homie."
LaMarr "Deuce" Lubin
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