“6 Shots” | Mistah F.A.B.’s Ode to Sterling and Castile

In addition to the recent shootings that left two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile deceased, the Black Lives Matter movement, social media, and music artists have tried countless efforts to put an end to police brutality, tracing back to the death of Trayvon Martin. However, we’re gearing toward a revolution where people have decided to go above and beyond simply social awareness of the issue.

Story | Nico Blitz

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It took the Bay Area’s most dynamic community activists and Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B. to publicly take a stand against police brutality on his track “6 Shots”. In wake of the the deaths of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Fabby Davis Jr. reinstates the ideologies of the Black Lives Matter movement by rekindling “Crooked Officer” by Geto Boys on the chorus (Also sampled in “Mrs. Officer” by Lil Wayne).

Focusing more on the quality of lyrics from “6 Shots”, Mistah F.A.B. lays out the song as an introduction to the issue, the problems black individuals face on a daily basis, the repercussions the black community would face during potential rebellions, and his anger toward black cops who don’t speak on the issue.

“To all you white folks who say that we’re all equal/I bet you would trade pigmentation with my people/Everybody wanna be a nigga till you be a nigga/Till your son is one dead from a trigga”

“What got me hot is ain’t no black cops speaking out/Coulda been your son, coulda been your daughter out there bleeding out”

Unfortunately, we live in a world where an infinite amount of individuals will speak on these issues, but will only speak rather than act. However, when people decide to act, it goes one of two ways — peaceful protest or violence.

We’re really in a situation where an immovable object meets an unstoppable force — where violence is attempting to be resolved by more violence; where everyone’s hatred for one another overshadows the fact that we need to merge together as a community to destroy the hatred not only in the eyes of the corrupted police, but also the hatred we hold within ourselves towards them. It’s difficult to find love and peace during these times, but be open to the idea that if you use hatred as your fuel, the only thing going out to atmosphere will be more hatred. And at that point, what’s left for everyone else to breathe? We will all die from inhaling too much hate.

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