Lupe Fiasco, who has spoken out against gun violence in the past, has just dropped a tribute song to Jonylah Watkins, the six-month-old girl who was shot 5 times in Southside Chicago while her dad was changing her diaper in a minivan.
The song, titled “Jonylah Forever” is produced by Soundtrakk and imagines what would have happened if Jonylah had lived, grown up and become a doctor that worked in the innercity and eventually saved a life of a chile that was shot.
“And that’s where you heard the shots and quickly ran outside/ And saw a man and a van and a bleeding baby in his hands/ Fading fast but you knew she could survive/ Did everything you could to try and keep this girl alive/ Stabilized until the ambulance arrived/ In that moment where you gave your help but you didn’t even know that you saved yourself”
Fiasco, a native of Chicago, announced the song titled “Jonylah Forever” via Twitter on Friday (March 15).
Lupe also left us with a short message: “Not a song but a life. Be respectful. Please keep negative comments to yourself. #lovelifechitownforever”
The shots that killed the Jonylah were reportedly intended for her father Jonathan Watkins, a man police said was a member of the Gangster Disciples gang in Chicago. Watkins was released from the hospital on Thursday (March 15) after being wounded in the gun fire.
Lupe initially reacted to the killing death on Twitter. “A 6-Month old baby in Chicago was shot 5 times and killed while the father was changing its diaper,” he tweeted on march 13. “This is why I rant! This is why I speak out! This is why I sound preachy in my songs! I have no choice! #ChiViolenceMustEnd #1stOfApril”