The first trailer for the Jay-Z produced docu-series on the life and death of Trayvon Martin has been released.
“Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” is a six-part series that traces the origin of the Black Lives Matter movement to the 2012 death of the 17-year-old at the hands of George Zimmerman in Florida. Zimmerman claimed “self-defense” and was later acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in July 2013, sparking nation-wide protests in the U.S.
The first trailer for “Rest In Power” includes interviews with Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, personal home video and family photos, and news coverage.
Jay-Z has been an advocate against gun violence in Martin’s honour and raps about the late teen on “Talk Up” from Drake’s new album, “Scorpion”.
“I got your president tweeting, I won’t even meet with him. Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live. Streets is done,” he raps. He also included a line about the docu-series on his joint album with Beyonce, “Everything Is Love”.
“Since the Kalief doc, they’ve been at my neck, Y’all can tell ’em Trayvon is comin’ next,” he raps on “Black Effect”.
The song references the documentary “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story”, which Jay-Z produced in 2017. He has also served as producer on several projects, including the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic “Is It Something I Said” and the feature films “The Great Gatsby” and “Annie”.
“Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” airs on the Paramount Network on July 30.