JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "It was pretty loud sir."
Testifying in court Friday, Tevin Thompson conceded to prosecutors that he and three other teens were playing very loud "rap music" when they pulled into the Gate gas station on Nov. 23 2012, the night 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed. In fact, a picture of the 12-inch subwoofers in the back of the red Dodge Durango were introduced into evidence.
There has been no testimony yet about what specific song was playing at the time, but our news partner the Florida Times-Union confirmed the song was "Beef," a profanity-laced hip hop anthem by Lil Reese, a Chicago based recording artist. Attorney John Phillips, who represents the parents of Jordan Davis, confirmed to the TU that that was the song blasting from the Durango that night, so provoking Michael Dunn.
Dunn, a white 47-year-old complained about the "thug music" coming from the Durango to his girlfriend before asking the four teens to turn it down. Dunn says Davis threatened him during the exchange, and that shot into the car 10 times in self-defense.
The song contains much profanity, as well as extensive use of the "n-word," but is a fairly standard-issue gangsta rap boast and threat:
"Where I'm from, my n----- wet
You shoot one, I'm shootin' ten
Run up on me, betta think again
Head shot, he won't think again"
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