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Rapper and St. Louis native Nelly spoke with Erin Burnett about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

In the nearly four-minute conversation, he touched on St. Louis’ history and the city’s detachment from the Civil Rights Movement. He suggested that Ferguson’s recent uproar is merely a result of years of oppression, as St. Louis has long been very much segregated.

Later, the rapper also expressed his fervent interest in teaming up with Brown’s family and creating a scholarship that will help aid local teens receive higher education, the way Mike had planned to prior.

See the brief chat in the video below. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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