Yasiin Bey, dead.prez x mikeflo – ‘Made You Die (Trayvon Martin tribute)’ | Music Video

Let’s do more than protest, let’s make a commitment to be proactive

Revolutionary MCs Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), dead.prez and mikeflo come together to pay tribute to Trayvon Martin with “Made You Die,” a raucous call for justice and action in the aftermath of the 17-year-old’s senseless killing.

A reappropriation of Nas‘ 2002 single “Made You Look,” the song sees the angry quartet of rhymers damning the American police force and calling for citizens, particularly the nation’s Black population, to mobilize and be prepared for the all-too-frequent mistreatment they face from those charged with protecting and serving them.

Honestly, a Trayvon song from the Hip-Hop community is long overdue. The artist formerly known as Mos Def agrees.

“When it’s to promote a project or an album or to stunt or to have a photo op moment, cats is there in they best, they brightest and early. … It’s a priority,” Bey says. “If this ain’t a priority, what is?”

Martin was killed in February by a volunteer neighborhood watch member in Florida. After months of inaction from local authorities, the volunteer, George Zimmerman, was finally arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Zimmerman has since been released on $15,000 bond.

Check out the Bmike-directed video below, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the song.

Watch: Yasiin Bey, dead.prez x mikeflo – “Made You Die (Trayvon Martin tribute)”

Watch: Behind the Scenes of “Made You Die (Trayvon Martin tribute)”