In the wake of the dark tragedy that struck Newtown, Connecticut, a star emerges.
Nine-year-old East Flatbush rapper Amor "Lilman" Areaga connects to the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting by releasing a new video on guns and school children called "Stop Da Violence." The NY Daily News exclusively reports that Areaga spent the fall, crafting the song but asked his dad to tie it to the young ones who lost their lives.
“We felt it was the right thing to do. He’s a child who is talking about stopping gun violence. And so many little kids were affected by this,” said his father Juan Arteaga. “We live in a community where people doing (shootings) is the norm.”
In the video, Lilman stands in the middle of a crowded Brooklyn elementary school, spitting: "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.”
The pint-sized hip-hopper's first viral claim to fame was seen in his "Pull Ya Pants Up" video, securing him local love from Brooklyn reps such as Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-East Flatbush).
But Amor's ultimate goal? To impress President Obama. “I want to perform for Obama,” Amor said. “Obama should listen to me. If we work together, we can make a difference. I am young. I can reach an audience that politicians, and other grown-ups, try to relate to, but they really don’t know what to say.”
Watch "Stop Da Violence" below.