My long time girlfriend and one of my favorite Angelenos KneHi from the legendary West Coast female rap group Da 5 Footaz (“The Heist,” G Funk Music) has just released her latest song–and it’s all about the Los Angeles protests and arrests.
KneHi, or Ericka as I call her, was arrested along with me on that fateful Wednesday, November the 25 on 6th and Hope Streets in downtown Los Angeles. I felt really bad about her being arrested because she was only there as a favor to me. I was recording audio and video for KJLH’s Front Page Show with Dominique DiPrima and she was helping me out. Less than an hour after we caught up with the quickly moving protest, we were kettled by the LAPD with about 140 other people and subsequently arrested.
It was an interesting experience for the both of us to say the least and out of her experience in being in a jail cell overnight with some really passionate women, she wrote and recorded “Black Lives Matter” as sort of an ode to the protests, protesters, and the issues that people have been putting their lives on the line for this past couple of weeks.
One of the things I really like about this song is that she brings up Ezell Ford, the young man shot and killed in South Los Angeles in August of this year, but also someone who is near and dear to my heart, Mitrice Richardson. Mitrice disappeared from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Lost Hills Malibu station in 2009 only to be found less than a year later dead. The sheriff’s department was never held accountable for her death.
I am hopeful that this latest song about the LAPD and police brutality doesn’t cause the same controversy as with Ceebo Tha Rapper. Ceebo is a cousin of Ezell Ford’s whose “Fuck the Police” song and video was targeted by the LAPD’s police union for allegedly calling for revenge on police officers.
Anyway, most of the arrestees make their first and hopefully last court appearances this week at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles. Interesting times ahead for sure.
KneHi will be shooting a video to go along with the song in South LA and it will feature those who were arrested by the LAPD for protesting police brutality and killings while supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Who knows, maybe I’ll make a cameo.
The song was produced by Da Bad Guy.
Last but not least, thanks for the shout out in the song KneHi, congrats and well done 🙂
For those not hip to who KneHi is and the Da 5 Footaz, check out this music video from their hit song “The Heist” featured in the movie Set It Off.