NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Columbia rapper says the Walter Scott shooting inspired him to write a song and shoot a music video with an anti-violence message.
His stage name is M.Y.K.E. which stands for Making Your Knowledge Expand.
M.Y.K.E. says he decided to write 'Change for the People' after meeting the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Elder James Johnson of the National Action Network.
"Me, I should do my part as an artist, that's some positive music because hip hop is the most influential form of music nowadays," M.Y.K.E. explained.
At a morning press conference in North Charleston, the rapper recited a verse from the song.
"Walter Scott was a black man. We've been running forever, so all he did was ran from the other man with a gun," M.Y.K.E. said.
He also had Baltimore on his mind in the wake of the violence and rioting after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
"When you all run out of matches and lighter fluid and cars and businesses to burn, you won't have a place to stay," he said.
The hip hop artist says his song is being played on Charleston radio.
He plans to send copies to radio stations in Baltimore, hoping his message will pull the city together.
"If we can stop for one week, no violence, no black on black crime for one week, no black on white crime, no police brutality for one week. We have to start with ourselves," M.Y.K.E. said.