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19 Times Hip Hop Urged You To Put The Guns Down

From Nicki Minaj to Kanye West, here’s proof that some rappers have understood the impact of a bullet enough to ask listeners to stop the violence.

On Tuesday, Jun. 2, people across the country are uniting to highlight the importance of Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Some folks are wearing orange to mark the occasion. Others are taking the time to educate themselves about the initiative online. But the awareness can come from music too.

While rap often gets criticized for some of its lyrical content, there's plenty of positivity too -- like all the times MCs urge listeners to put their guns down.

From Nicki Minaj to Kanye West, here's proof that some rappers have understood the impact of a bullet enough to ask listeners to stop the violence.

  1. Nicki Minaj - 'Favorite'

    "You could put your gun down / You could have fun now / You could tell your n---as that you won now."

  2. Game - 'Mama Knows'

    "Put your glock down, recognize a king 'cause it's my town / Word to my mother, you can throw up your Roc now / Got off the beef sh-t 'cause I ain't tryin' to see my mama in all-black / Right there, crying over hard facts."

  3. Andre 3000 - 'ATLiens'

    "No drugs or alcohol so I can get the signal clear as day / Put my glock away."

  4. MC Lyte - 'Self Destruction'

    "Leave the guns and the crack and the knives alone/ MC Lyte's on the microphone."

  5. Dr. Dre And MC Ren - 'We're All In The Same Gang'

    "Bullets flyin', mothers cryin' / brothers dyin' / Lyin' in the streets / That's why we're tryin' / To stop it from fallin' apart and goin' to waste."

  6. Heavy D - 'Self Destruction'

    "Let's get together or we'll be falling apart / I heard a brother shot another, it broke my heart / I don't understand the difficulty, people / Love your brother, treat him as an equal."

  7. Pharoahe Monch - ‘When The Gun Draws’

    "Would the new method of murder be arson or firebombs / If the cost of a single bullet was more than the firearm?"

  8. Twista - '2009 Self Destruction'

    “We gotta pray for them not to shoot / I know it’s hard cause they bad like rotten fruit / But still, we gotta reach 'em and teach 'em what not to do."

  9. Murs - 'Walk Like A Man'

    "If shooting's the solution then you're not that clever / If you don't know sh-t, then you still know better / A human life is so precious, it could never be measured."

  10. Nas - 'One On One'

    “Imagine this, no gun, no knife / it’s a one-on-one, so now we got to fight.”

  11. MC Hammer - 'We're All In The Same Gang'

    "People started yellin', bodies started bailin' / Bullets cold flyin' sendin' some to hell and / It's gotta stop, we don't need all the violence / Peace in the hood and a moment of silence."

  12. Willie D - 'Put The F--king Gun Away'

    "Put the f--king gun away, take up karate / 'Cause you don't want to shoot no god-damn-body."

  13. Snoop Dogg - 'No Guns Allowed'

    "Let the music play, me don't want no more gunplay / When the bodies hit the ground, there's nothing left to say / Me don't want to see no more innocent blood shed / Me don't want to see no more youth dead."

  14. Nas - 'I Gave You Power'

    "Sick of the blood / Sick of the thugs / Sick of wrath of the next man's grudge."

  15. Gangstarr - 'Tons O Guns'

    "Tons o' guns everybody's getting strapped / Tons o' guns gotta watch the way you act / Tons o' guns real easy to get / Tons o' guns bringing nothing but death."

  16. Kanye West - 'Murder To Excellence'

    "Heard about at least three killings this afternoon / Looking at the news like, 'Damn! I was just with him after school' / No shop class but half the school got a tool / And am 'I could die any day'-type attitude / Plus his little brother got shot reppin' his avenue / It’s time for us to stop and redefine black power."

  17. Organized Konfusion - 'Stray Bullet'

    "The result's a stray bullet / Ni--as who knew hit the ground runnin' and stayed down / Except for the kids who played on the playground / 'Cause for some little girl she'll never see more than six years of life, trifling."

  18. Heather B - 'All Glocks Down'

    "So all you gun waving n---as put down your glocks, please."

  19. Slick Rick

    "He dropped the gun, so went the glory / And this is the way I have to end this story / He was only seventeen in a madman's dream / The cops shot the kid, I still hear him scream / This ain't funny so don't ya dare laugh / Just another case about the wrong path Straight and narrow or your soul gets cast."