An Erie man is using hip-hop to express the pain of losing several loved ones tragically to violence.
He’s hopes to be a voice of the city to spread peace and positivity.
Shok Jordan said he’s lost several family members and friends over the years to gun and knife violence.
Jordan said the city is crying out for help and he wants to be that change for Erie through his music.
“It is just an ongoing cycle,” Jordan said. “Somewhere it has to be stop and I want it to be us. We are the ones who they listen to. We are the ones they can relate to.”
Jordan, who started rapping when he was just 5 and recording at the age of 18, said music is his way of expressing himself, and his songs are inspired by things he’s been through.
One of Jordan’s latest singles reminisces on the lives of loved ones he’s lost to violence like Deandre Henderson, Arbie Wilson and Hercules Rieger.
The song expresses the pain of losing the men and the talks about the effects their deaths have had on others’ lives.
Jordan, who was stabbed seven times in the back at a local bar in 2012, said Erie is living in a lot of dark times right now and said the city needs more people to rise and step up to the plate, to show these kids they are loved.
Through hip-hop, he said he and other local artists can help others deal with their emotions in a positive way and get through the tough times.