Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna Join Wonder’s Florida Boycott Following George Zimmerman Verdict

Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna

According to reports, some of the music industry’s biggest artists have joined Stevie Wonder in boycotting Florida over the state’s controversial ‘stand your ground’ law.

The acts that have started joining Wonder include Justin Timberlake, Usher, Rod Stewart and Madonna, as a source close to the legendary musician revealed to American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.

Rappers Jay Z, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Wale and Trey Songz have also signed on to the boycott threat as well as pop acts including R. Kelly, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

After a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of a second – degree murder charges restricting from the death of Trayvon Martin, Wonder announced his intentional boycott the day after it was announced and hit the headlines worldwide through countless media outlets.

The singer said: “I decided today that until the ‘stand your ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.

“For those that we have lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back.”

He continued: “[What] we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”

Several musicians have also gestured their support for Martin: Beyonce held a moment of silence during a concert in Nashville, Tennessee and sang the song I Will Always Love You, originally written and sung by Dolly Parton and bought to a global audience by the late Whitney Houston. The singer also met Martin’s parents during a rally in New York City along with husband Jay Z. Bruce Springsteen also dedicated a song to ‘justice for Trayvon Martin’ during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.

The ‘stand your ground’ self-defence laws in Florida and two dozen other states allow individuals to defend themselves without requiring them to attempt to avoid or retreat from a dangerous situation. Even though Zimmerman did not specifically employ a “stand your ground” law defence to fight second-degree murder charges in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the trial has brought a changed scrutiny to the statutes.

According to Ryan’s report, some of the recording artists have already cancelled shows in the Sunshine State.

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Young Jeezy On Hunt For Person Who Leaked His Album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition

Young Jeezy is on the hunt for the person responsible for leaking out his new album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition online. In a recent interview with GlobalGrind he said: “Yeah, I’m looking for the n*gga who leaked my sh*t.”

The rapper said he independently would compensate the expense of his material: “When I thought about it, I wanted to put the album out the top of the year, 2012. That was my plan. That’s why I do my albums with my own money, so I can control it.”

Earlier this week during a live Ustream Jeezy said he wasn’t worried over his music being leaked online illegally, knowing his fans would purchase the album legally in retail stores or digital downloads: “We ain’t tripping off those suckers leaking nothing. Real n*ggas ride with real n*ggas, you know. Real n*ggas gonna go and purchase that album.”

Young Jeezy Interview With The Breakfast Club! [Pt 1 & 2]

Young Jeezy sat down for an interview on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 with DJ Envy, Charlamagne The God and Angela Yee. The Hip – hop rapper goes on to speak about the delay on his latest album TM 103‘which was announced to be released in 2009 but due to pushbacks it was finally dropped this year on December 20 2011but it was leaked online 6 days before its release. He said he wanted to bring out the best for his fans  as he went on to say: “I need that you know what I mean, it’s like you know your basketball coach when you wanna be the best, you gotta stay on and it’s like with these people that love you. You know they can love you one day and hate you the next. It’s like a relationship and sometimes you need that.”

DJ Envy then cleared up his beef with Young Jeezy after he called him an ‘ass’. Oin the interview a vary of subjects were discussed including the situation on Rick Ross and if Jeezy had wanted BMF to be his track, clothing line, his relationship with Big Meech, the Atlanta hip – hop scene, the recession and how he got into rap.

Catch up on the interview by watching both clips below.

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