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Musical Tributes for Trayvon Martin: Wyclef Jean, Young Jeezy, Steel Pulse and More Release Songs Dedicated to the Slain Teen

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Trayvon Martin supporters chant during a protest demonstration on July 15, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and many protesters questioned the verdict. (Getty Images)more pics »In the days since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a number of artists have voiced their anger and disapproval over the trial's outcome. Shortly after the verdict was announced, Beyoncé held a moment of silence for the slain 17-year-old during her concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The following evening, the legendary Stevie Wonder informed a Quebec, Canada crowd that he'd be avoiding the entire state of Florida on upcoming tours.

"I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder stated. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."

There have been original musical tributes too. Within hours of the announcement, Young Jeezy released "It's a Cold World" after offering his support to the Martin family on his Facebook page. "I would like to offer strength to you and the family through this entire ordeal. I pray that justice is served and the memory of Trayvon is carried through you and through and through all of us," the rapper wrote.

Wyclef Jean's "Justice (If You're 17)" is not new; It was actually released just a few months after Martin's February 2012 death. The song's jarring black-and-white video offers a painful recreation of the teen's last moments.

Raheem DeVaughn and Styles P's song "Trigger Man" opens with an audio excerpt from President Obama's comments on the shooting in March 2012, in which he stated, "My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin: If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

Pharoahe Monch's "Stand Your Ground" urges people to "get involved" and "stand [their] ground" against the system.

"Pharoahe decided to release the song in its rough version immediately after learning of the verdict. 'Stand Your Ground,' originally slated to appear on Pharoahe Monch’s fall release of PTSD, provides an additional opportunity to peek inside the mental journey Monch has alluded to in P.ost T.raumatic S.tress D.isorder," reads a statement on the artist's website.

Reggae masters Steel Pulse released "Put Your Hoodies On [4 Trayvon]" as a free download, imploring listeners to sign the NAACP's petition to the Department of Justice and to donate to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
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