Will Justice for DJ Megatron Help Spark Change?

January 10th, 2013

(Photo: Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

By Gee King

In a rare case of justice being served in a hip hop murder story, the man who fatally shot  former 106 & Park regular DJ Megatron in 2011 was sentenced to 21 years in prison today. Twenty-two-year-old William Williams took a plea bargain to avoid second-degree murder charges and will instead spend the next two decades behind bars. While finally seeing closure in the case of a slain hip hop figure is a relief, the feeling is long overdue and is hopefully only the start of a societal shift.
Ideally, we’d like to see the success rate of cases investigating hip hop murders jump to match the success rate of cases aimed at putting MCs behind bars. But Megatron’s sad story, which starred him as a father and rising star in the industry, is not made any happier by this new development.

Unlike the cases of Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and so many other fallen stars, Megatron’s seems to have been handled like any other murder case would be. But too often in the case of hip hop murders, police seem to be disinterested in actually punishing those responsible, or worse, appear to have been involved themselves. If the murders of Pac and Big were handled swiftly and responsibly by authorities, the trend of rap industry murders that plagued the 1990s may have been affected. But in most cases, investigators and politicians have given the impression that people looking to kill rappers have a better chance of living free in America than petty drug dealers.

Chicago MC Lil JoJo’s murder was practically played out on social media, and the recent murder of Chief Keef’s relative in Chicago is another sign that despite the growing fluffy collective image of mainstream hip hop stars, there is still a very real and violent reality.

Hopefully this is a sign that times are changing. If authorities are going to make a habit of truly trying to solve hip hop’s many mysteries, we may finally see an end to this toxic cultural norm. There might even be a direct impact on the murder rate if this story weren’t such a normal part of our mainstream culture.

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