Rap song has everybody talking in Killeen

KILLEEN, Texas (CenTexProud.com) - A rap song released in Killeen this week is causing controversy.

The Killeen Police Employee Association says it glorifies the killing of an officer. They don't agree that murders in the city go unsolved.

The song's video has thousands of views and hundreds of shares and comments, all divided on the message the song sends.

So we went straight to the source to find out what the artists are trying to say.

The lyrics go like this: "See, I come from a city where murders don't get solved."

It's those lyrics that have the attention of the Killeen Police Employee Association. They took to Facebook to criticize a song called the "1st Wave Cypher".

The Association wrote in part, "This does not break-down barriers, this creates them."

"If they don't want people speaking the truth, you'll have to handle things differently," says Derrick Cunningham.

Cunningham shot the music video. He says it's goal is to get young people together to share their experiences through music.

"A lot of the things that some of the people were saying was ignorant," Cunningham said. "I will say that I can admit to that, but at the same time they got to see where we are coming from."

The song discusses issues plaguing the black community - including high crime rates, poverty and incarceration rates.

"Not trying to cause no violence or nothing like that," says rapper Gary Jones. "All it is is opinions. Everybody has an opinion, and we're just putting it into a music form, which is the most influential form, so that everybody can be heard."

Another part of the song has the Association upset, saying one artist crossed the line when he brought up the 2014 killing of Killeen Police Detective Chuck Dinwiddie.

The lyrics also say: "Try me with the no knock, I Marvin guy, you Dinwiddie".

The Association also wrote on their Facebook page: "We denounce any song or lyric that glorifies or misrepresents Detective Dinwiddie's murder. Such work, even if it is meant to be part of a larger narrative, is painful and even disrespectful."

"I'm here to clarify and say this wasn't a shot at the police. We don't have a problem with the police," Cunningham said.

All artists can agree on one thing - they want to help officers lower the crime rate. But they also want to be heard.

"People are still struggling. The jobs are out here really aren't good, so it causes the crime rate to go up because people have to feed their families, and how old they minds think is by any means," Jones said.

No one from the Killeen Police Employee Association would talk to us on camera, but they did send over a statement reading in part:

"It is quite clear we are highly upset with the lyrics involving the death of Officer Dinwiddie and how it was portrayed. We have reached out to some of those involved in the video, and are planning a lunch with them so we can communicate with each other about this incident to get a better understanding."

The artists have agreed to a meeting. We'll update you on where this story goes.

You can see the video here.


This article originally posted on CenTexProud.com

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