The original version of 'I Want to Be Your Man' was released by American funk legend Roger Troutman (1951-1999), from his third studio album Unlimited!. The track was released in 1987 on 7" and 12" vinyl (who remembers those?) and topped the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart while peaking at nr. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"4 young men died at the hands of a lynch mob on the 5th of October 2012. Whether or not their deaths will mean anything, or fade out of our minds as just another meaningless tragedy, is up to us and what we do from here on. I hope this song captures that message. Nothing would be worse than for a death to mean nothing” – MI Abaga.