"The Ballad of Trayvon Martin" (2012) - Will Hoge
Will Hoge took a more direct approach than Jeezy on this ode to the slain teenager whose senseless death galvanized a divided nation. But before he took on the polarizing event, the Nashville talent was known primarily as the co-writer of Grammy-nominated country hit "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." "The Ballad of Trayvon Martin" may have come as a shock to some of his loyal followers, however Hoge's gamble proved sincere.
Lyrics To Fight For: "So Zimmerman goes free and the country cries/'Cause we're still shackled by the hatred and the lies/Now we've got to stick together to see justice done/March out of the darkness to the rising sun."