Drake arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP)
TORONTO - Toronto rapper Drake has spoken out about last summer’s Danzig St. shooting the way he knows best — in song.
Drake pays tribute to two fallen community members, Shyanne Charles, 14, and Joshua Yasay, 23, on Snoop Lion’s (Snoop Dogg’s reggae persona) new album, No Guns Allowed. The track, which bears the same name of the album, mentions both victims by name and laments their deaths.
“Dedicate this to Shyanne and Josh and pour something out for the lives that they stole,” Drake raps on the song with a distinct reggae beat.
Drake’s contribution starts at the two-minute mark where he recalls getting a tearful call from a friend about the tragedy “one summer day that went horribly wrong.”
“News from back home, this when it hurts to be gone,” he raps. “Two more young names to be carved out in stone.”