CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two Cleveland artists are reacting to the deadly shootings of three young children through music. They say they want to reach out to the next young person who is thinking about reaching for a gun.
One of the hooks of Raining by Rifah and N.O. goes like this: "It's raining in my hood. Will the killing stop? The bullets flying like raind rops."
Both artists, along with a 6-year-old featured in the exclusive track, are sending a strong message to the streets.
Deep in the song you hear Rifah say, "Teddy bears and candles is all you see in my hood. It's kind a hard to be all you can be. The bullets have no name but the victims do."
The d rops of rain on the CD cover are bullets. It's a tough visual that these artists hope hits home with the young people who might pick up the next gun.
Rifah says, "To me, we are the umbrellas, the parents. We try to keep these bullets off of our children, off of one another. It's hard."
N.O. has seen the violence first hand. A friend of his was just gunned down in Cleveland.
"It was something tragic and out of the blue. You are talking about a good kid that wasn't in the streets. He was living a straight path and lost his life for no reason. We still don't know why or who did it," said N.O.
You can hear 6-year-old Nyla on the track singing, "I matter. Daddy, can I go outside? Please don't shoot me."
Why include her? She, like everyone in Cleveland, has witnessed three kids shot to death, including a 5-month-old girl.
"I don't like kids dying. So, they got to stop it, the violence. I don't like it," said Nyla.