Local artists aim to use hip-hop as way to fight violence in Kan - KCTV5

Local artists aim to use hip-hop as way to fight violence in Kansas City

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Children have often been the victims of violent crime, including Amorian Hale, Monee McKinney's 3-year-old son. (KCTV5) Children have often been the victims of violent crime, including Amorian Hale, Monee McKinney's 3-year-old son. (KCTV5)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

In an Independence apartment complex, artists hope to take a stand. 

Local artist Rob Ruckus is making a hip-hop music video, asking Kansas City to put an end to violent crime. 

"Hip-hop has done so much for our communities," Ruckus said. "I think it's necessary. Necessary for what we're going through."

Children have often been the victims of violent crime, including Amorian Hale, Monee McKinney's 3-year-old son.

Hale died in a shooting in May 2015 and the producers asked McKinney to help direct the video. 

"I want to give people a reality check," McKinney said. "This is something we deal with every day and we need to take it head on."

It's a movement that's popping up in Kansas City - music with an anti-violence message. 

Some metro artists are collaborating. 

Last week, a group of Kansas City musicians released a song with a similar message. 

"I want to breathe life into someone who's hopeless," Ruckus said. 

A sampling of the music:







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