Musicians I.C. and King G Release “Dear God” - A Hip Hop Prayer in Memory of Trayvon Martin

Driven by angst over the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, music composer I.C. and artist King G of the indie band 513 Elevators release “Dear God (Dedicated to the Memory of Trayvon Martin)” as a Hip Hop prayer and plea to end racial violence and injustice.

Online PR News – 16-April-2012 – Los Angeles, CA – A poetic prayer set to Hip Hop, made in memory of Trayvon Martin best describes “Dear God”, the latest music collaboration by composer I.C. and writer and artist King G of the indie band 513 Elevators. Currently one of the increasingly viewed Trayvon Martin-related videos on You Tube, “Dear God” is nearly 4 minutes of emotionally intense lyrics and brutal honesty written and performed by King G and reinforced by a stirring melody produced by I.C. The video features close-up shots of both artists dressed in all black, with a black background, that draws the viewer in to their sentiment and keeps your attention on the powerful lyrics and angst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08R1Jcj-7UY). “Dear God” offers a longer version of the video that includes a poem prelude aptly delivered by I.C.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtCcOJEnGK0).

The song “Dear God” is available as a free download with the option to donate at Bandcamp (http://deargodmusic.bandcamp.com/), where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the official Justice For Trayvon Martin Foundation.

“Dear God exists because we were trying to process this tragedy and discover how we could add to the discourse,” said I.C. composer and founder of Reflect Music. “Dear God is more of a dialog, an experience as black men that we recorded to music. It's here to speak against fear and the targeting of people of color, specifically black males.”

Compelled by united inspiration, the duo teamed up to produce “Dear God” soon after learning about the slain 17-year-old. I.C. ardently researched the news after listening to a broadcast of the progressive news program “Democracy Now!”

“I.C. sent me the beat, and I wrote the lyrics the same day,” said King G aka Greg Pipkins.

Within days, the completed song was independently released with a video uploaded to You Tube. A message from the duo stating that they pray for strength and solidarity in this time of loss and unrest serves as the video’s description. Questions like, "Why is black perceived as suspect?" and "How can our voices be used to promote positive change?" are what the artists hope will be asked by listeners worldwide. They’d like to incite dialog with the message of justice at the forefront, taking the conversation to their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CommunityGroove. Fans are encouraged to “like” the page and tune in frequently for exchanges about events and issues that affect their community.


I.C. and King G join other artists in the Hip Hop community who have also spoken up about the Trayvon Martin murder through song including Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), dead.prez and Mikeflo. “Dear God” serves as a platform to speak out against institutions that target people of color and is the first of many music collaborations between I.C. and the 513 Elevators.

“Dear God” may also be heard at the following links:
• www.facebook.com/reflectmusiccomposing
• www.513elevators.com

About I.C.:
I.C. aka David Geathers is a songwriter, composer, trombonist and the founder of Reflect Music, a Los Angeles-based studio that creates original music for its partners in film/t¬¬elevision and the performing arts. Reflect Music brings bespoke music for all media applications, interlacing sounds with images to communicate emotion and mood. David is committed to using his passion for music and sound to create influential scenes that captivate audiences. Visit www.thereflectmusic.com to learn more.

About King G:
King G aka Greg Pipkins is a published author, poet, emcee, front man and founding member of the 513 Elevators, an emerging indie band formed in Los Angeles, with Cincinnati, Ohio roots. With hip hop as its base, 513 Elevators blend funk, rock, soul, blues and acoustic-folk on their debut album “Goin’ Up”, released on 11-11-11. Lyricism, soulful hooks, and addictive melodies are driven by emcees King G and Slim Da Reazon (Matthew Parham) with dynamic instrumentation created by guitarist and DJ DJB (Jeremy Bartel) and bassist E-Piff (Mikhail Roberts). Together, they've embarked on a sound that transcends definition, and have effectively created their own genre of music they call "hybrid hip hop." Creating verses and hooks “from the heart”, King G seeks to capture the depth of his soul and the giving nature of the community he grew up in in every line, note and song he writes. For more information, visit www.513elevators.com and www.gregpipkins.com.

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