Singer, Lay the Guns Down founder team up for song about police brutality
During this time of unrest in our country, two Brooklyn residents are choosing to uplift people with music.
Brooklyn-based artist Venor Yard made a song as a way to offer a positive message.
"We're saying don’t give up. We're saying that it's going to be alright. You're going to make it through, but it starts by giving people some sense of hope,” says Tucker.
Yard, and MIke Tucker of Lay the Guns Down, teamed up on the project that discusses police brutality.
They say originally it had a different message.
“He asked me to write a song that pretty much spoke to people who were losing loved ones to coronavirus,” says Yard.
However, the death of George Floyd, along with protests nationwide, changed that focus. The topic of police brutality is familiar to Tucker. The Brooklyn man lost his 21-year-old son Stephon Crawford in 2005 in what he says the NYPD labeled as an accidental shooting by a police detective.
"I’ve been dealing with this for 14 years, six months and 11 days since my son was killed. so every time this situation happens, it brings back that memory of that tragedy to me,” says Tucker.
The video ends with an ongoing list of names of people killed as a result of police action.
“It’s important to understand that this is an issue that's been going on for so long and people, you know, we’re now at the point where it's become this big thing but I feel like it's important to use this momentum to shed light on other situations that have happened that went unspoken,” says Tucker.