Benny the Butcher discusses mass shootings on ‘Welcome to the States’
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Benny the Butcher discusses mass shootings on 'Welcome to the States'

Benny The Butcher has discussed the latest mass shootings in America on his new track ‘Welcome to the States’.

The heartfelt effort is a reworking of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘We Cry Together’, and highlights the problem which is troubling towns across the United States. In the song, Benny is directly addressing a recent shooting in his hometown, Buffalo, but, it feels increasingly more relevant following the devastating Uvalde tragedy.

Benny begins the video with a text highlighting the fact there’s been more shootings in the U.S. than there have been days in 2022. Furthermore, the rapper revealed all proceeds from the sale of a limited-edition ‘Pray For Buffalo’ tee will be donated to the Buffalo 5-14 Survivors Fund.

Horrifically, he also announces in the video that in the first six months of the year, there had been at least 233 mass shootings in the United States.

The song was written in response to an attack at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo last month which the police described as racially motivated. He raps, “Ideologies formed on hate, Now the grocery stores ain’t safe.”

In the killing, 10 Black people lost their lives and three others were injured in the mass shooting. 18-year-old white male Payton Gendron has since been apprehended and has been charged with first-degree murder. He will face life in prison without parole if successfully convicted.