Brooklyn, NY – In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, one 9-year-old aspiring rapper filmed a music video tribute to the victims of the horrific tragedy.
The media is calling him the “Sandy Hook Rapper,” but his real name is Amor Artega. His song, “Stop Da Violence,” calls for the end of domestic abuse, bullying and gun violence.
NY Daily reports that Artega tailored his song to be a tribute to the Sandy Hook victims, and that he enlisted the help of his father, Juan Arteaga, to help him pay homage to the 20 children and six adults killed on December 14.
“We felt it was the right thing to do,” the Sandy Hook Rapper’s father said. “He’s a child who is talking about stopping gun violence. And so many little kids were affected by this. We live in a community where people doing (shootings) is the norm.”
The Sandy Hook Rapper sings:
“Put da guns down/ Stop the killing/ Think before you act/ Don’t make a poor decision/ The world is hurting, we all need healing/ No more guns/ What a wonderful feeling.”
Yahoo reports that the song, released Sunday, “came from all the violence that’s going on in our schools, homes and communities,” the Sandy Hook Rapper said. “I thought it was time that we all just came together to stop all the violence.”
“Smaller kids than me, for real, kindergartners, were killed,” Artega told New York’s Pix 11. “He didn’t care at all. He just walked right out with no sense in his mind. The family members that now have to spend their Christmas in a funeral. It’s a tragedy what happened that day.”
The Sandy Hook Rapper is also hoping that his song gets the president’s attention: “Obama should listen to me,” he said. “If we work together, we can make a difference. I am young. I can reach an audience that politicians and other grownups try to relate to, but they really don’t know what to say.”
Here’s “Stop Da Violence,” Sandy Hook Rapper Amor Artega’s poignant tribute to the victims of the Connecticut shooting: