"Had he lived he was on his way to be world champion, hall of fame mvp. Had he lived he was on his way to be one of the greatest ever that the world would see"
Longshot releases the socially conscious "Had He Lived". The track revolves around the story of the fallen Chicago basketball prodigy, Ben "Benji" Wilson, which was considered to be the best high school player in the nation at the time of his slaying. The track is important for various reasons. Not only does it currently relate to the violence that is going on in Chicago but it paints Benji as a martyr, such as the many fallen Chicagoans lost as a result of gun violence. One of the greatest players that ever lived is Ben Wilson. Enjoy!
Last night, ESPN's 30 For 30 premiered the powerful tale of "Benji" - Ben Wilson, ranked the highest rated high school basketball player going into his senior year at Simeon High School (later Derrick Rose's alum). Wilson was sadly gunned down before the senior season started and it was a tragic end to a promising career that was felt not only in Chicago, but across the country in 1984. The documentary, directed by Coodie & Chike, not only tells the story to a new generation of people, but can also help illustrate and draw parallels to some of the same issues going on in our city, and the country, in 2012. Join me in watching above and for even more on the topic, read the magnificent article on Ben Wilson from the homie Scoop Jacksonhere.