If you did not know the name Amor "Lilman" Arteaga, you will now. Arteaga is a pintsize 9-year-old rapper from Brooklyn. His first music video, "Pull Ya Pants Up," featured Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and it went viral over the summer. The video addressed the trend of guys wearing their pants sagging and has amassed more than 107,000 views to date.
Lilman spent the fall working on a new video for his song called "Stop da Violence." The song addresses issues like bullying, gun violence, and domestic violence. As Lilman raps, there's even a crowd of schoolchildren singing "Put the guns down" throughout the video.
After the horrific shooting that took place December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Lilman decided to include a tribute at the end of his video to the 20 students and six teachers who were killed.
Lilman stresses how important it is for young people to be aware of what's happening around them and how effective it can be to have an open dialogue with one another. Lilman has hopes of meeting President Barack Obama and discussing how he can help the country. "Obama should listen to me. If we work together, we can make a difference. I am young. I can reach an audience that politicians and other grownups try to relate to, but they really don't know what to say."
Arteaga joined "Trending Now" in the studio to talk about his inspiration for the song and what he hopes will happen because of it.
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