Troy Davis Lives Forever: A Hip Hop Tribute from Rebel Diaz

On Sunday, the Bronx based hip hop trio Rebel Diaz released this haunting dedication to Troy Davis, who was killed days before by the state of Georgia--and to the movement that fought for his freedom. Formed during the immigrant rights upsurge of 2006, Rebel Diaz is known for their dedication to both art and activism which come together in the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective community center in the South Bronx. They've released two full length albums, Otra Guerrillera Vol 1 and Volume 2, as well as other timely tracks like "A Trillion", about the 2008 bailout of Wall Street.

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Lyrics, “Troy Davis Lives Forever”

[Sample: “Strange Fruit”, Billie Holiday]

Another lynching has gone down in the U.S.
And it's 2011
Nothing has changed

What up Troy
I can't believe they actually did it man
To tell the truth they ain't never gonna kill you man
You'll live forever in the hearts of those that fought for you
You fought for us, you gave us strength like a true soldier

I feel the anger, I feel the pain and the rage to show it
I'll hit the streets and spread the word 'til the world knows it
I'm sorry we ain't save you, should have been braver
But at times I feel alone when I'm surrounded by these strangers

In 2009 we first spoke, after I met Martina
I got the shirt but since then I haven't really seen her
Been on the road with these raps, just trying to spread a message
But when I think about her talks they were such a blessing
You was in jail reading your poems on the phone
And all I did was just listen backstage at the show

Then I heard the crazy news about a week ago
That they date had been set, they wanted you to go
Eleven oh eight p.m., September twenty-first
Never forget, my inner being still hurts

Obama stayed quiet like he did for Oscar Grant
Clarence Thomas' bitch ass never gave you a chance
See, you was innocent, there was too much doubt
Seven of the nine witnesses wanted their testimony out

They were scared of police threats, serious like cancer
But you know it wasn't true, years later they recanted
I wish I had the answer of what to do next
Gotta do more than tweet, Facebook and send texts

We need freedom, Uhuru, organize like Zulu,
Feel the pain of injustice even though I never knew you

Chorus x 2

They still lynching
From plantations to the prisons
Methods changed, but it's the same system
White robes used to burn a crucifix
Now black robes sign a death sentence

Instead of Jim Crow and legal segregation
It's yuppie condos and cuts to education
And I ain't got to say it, Troy, you said it in your last letter
Thanks to your supporters worldwide for their past efforts

More than half a million signed them petitions
The pope, the archbishop, stars and politicians
A who's who on Twitter weighing in like Mayweather
But what happens to my boy after the storm let up?

A new day, pray you in a better place
But over here we cope, we try to channel that rage
To abolish the legal lynchings, abolish this broken system
And abolish the need for prisons that would fence in the human spirit

Chorus x 2

Like a true Solider
Troy Davis
Rest in Power

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