Rapper Wyclef Jean has recorded a new tribute song dedicated to slain Florida teenager Tratvon Martin.
He could have been the next president. He could have been the next Steve Jobs. He could have been the next astronaut.
The African-American student's death at the hands of Neighborhood Watchvolunteer George Zimmerman in February (12) sparked outrage and protestsacross the U.S., with stars like Cher, Mia Farrow, Russell Simmons and Sean 'Diddy' Combs calling for the killer's arrest.
Zimmerman, 28, has since been charged with second-degree murder and, onFriday (20Apr12), a judge placed him on $150,000 bail.
Last month (Mar12), Chaka Khan recruited celebrity friends Eric Benet, Kelly Price and Kenny Lattimore to re-record her track Super Life in honor of the dead teen, and now Wyclef Jean has paid tribute to the boy with his own original tune, Justice (If You're 17) Tribute for Trayvon Martin.
Introducing the song's video to fans on Twitter.com, Jean writes, "We need justice for Trayvon!!! This is my tribute for him".
On the track, Jean sings, "If you're seventeen, and you're wearing a hoodie, you're on the phone, talking to your shorty, make no mistake, there's one like you, in every city, you know the story.
"He goin' creep up, from behind, have you leave Earth, before your time, by the time PoPo (police) show up, he goin' say he was so scared he shot you up".
"He could have been the next president. He could have been the next Steve Jobs. He could have been the next astronaut. So until we get justice, we won't stop".
Zimmerman claims he approached Martin after he spotted him acting suspiciously while walking through his gated community. The volunteer alleges he shot the teenager during a scuffle.