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Hip-Hop Community Rallies for Michael Brown, Rappers Attend Ferguson Protests

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Rapper Nelly joins demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown as they make their voices heard on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal asking for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Rapper Nelly joins demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown as they make their voices heard on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal asking for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Several national hip-hop artists have joined the protests in Ferguson in honor of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was an aspiring rapper himself.

As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Brown was a “prolific amateur rapper, recording solo and duet tracks and posting them online.”

Two days after releasing “Be Free,” a tribute to Michael Brown that includes audio from his friend Dorian Johnson, rapper J. Cole visited Ferguson on Sunday to pay respects to the teen and show his support to protesters.

St. Louis native Nelly took to the streets Monday night with a #MichaelBrown T-shirt and a megaphone, convincing residents to approach the tragedy with a nonviolent approach.

“We’ve got to understand that we have options and stop choosing the reaction option cause at the end of the day we gonna pay – our brothers are gonna be the ones in jail,” he said.

Nelly also recently announced that he has set up a scholarship fund in Michael Brown’s name.

Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli arrived in Ferguson Tuesday night, after listing 10 reasons he needed to attend the protests in person. He wrote that Michael Brown loved hip-hop and wrote lyrics, and “the hip-hop community owes him.” He also noted that protesters need to “direct attention from the very small amount of ‘looters’ to the true community protesters” and “take back the narrative.”

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