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If you want to hear a song that really captures the capriciousness of urban violence, look no further than rising R&B star BJ the Chicago Kid. Goofy moniker notwithstanding, his 2012 single, “His Pain
What’s most horrifying about gun violence, after all, is how random it is. Shooters miss. Bullets ricochet. Innocent people get caught in the crossfire.
Instead of generically listing all the ails that plague the inner city, as Wyclef does, BJ and Kendrick are introspective. They’re aware that they’re lucky—they would argue, blessed.
We need musicians to grapple with these problems thoughtfully. Wyclef should stick to party music