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Hip Hop Heavyweights Collaborate On Ferguson-Inspired Track ‘Don't Shoot'

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 25: Family members touch the copper top of the vault containing the casket of Michael Brown during bur
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 25: Family members touch the copper top of the vault containing the casket of Michael Brown during burial at St. Peters Cemetery on August 25, 2014 in St. Louis Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18 year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the nearby town of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images)

Another protest anthem has emerged on the internet in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

12 hip hop artists -- The Game, Diddy, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Wale, DJ Kaled, Swizz Beatz, Wale, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, and King Pharaoh & TGT -- collaborated on the track “Don’t Shoot,” in memoriam of Mike Brown and in protest of police violence.

The song was released Thursday on the Empire Distribution SoundCloud page, adding itself to the growing list of tribute songs inspired by Michael Brown, such as Lauryn Hill's "Black Rage" and J. Cole' s "Be Free."

References to other young, unarmed black men such as Emmett Till, Ezell Ford, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell are also included on the track, alongside a chorus of children’s voices singing “don’t point your weapons at me.”

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