The hip-hop stars met with the city's mayor, Sylvester Turner, on Tuesday (19Jul16) to discuss possible solutions to help the community heal from ongoing incidents of crime.

The rappers also spoke about the need to repair the relationship between the city's citizens and law enforcement personnel following the deaths of African-Americans Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were shot and killed by police officers in separate events earlier this month (Jul16).

"(We need to) create an atmosphere of respect instead of discontent with our law enforcement," Willie D said. "You know, it's very important that people understand that when we say Black Lives Matter, we're not saying that Blue Lives (lives of police officers) do not matter."

During their meeting, the artists also decided to open new accounts at the city's Unity Bank, which is owned by black businessmen, in an attempt to spur on the local economy.

"We ain't gonna talk about it, we're gonna be about it (sic)," Willie D explained in a video posted on

"Even if we save just one life," it was a success," Wall added.

"There a lot of people in our city that have lost hope and people are feeling helpless," Mayor Turner said. "People in many ways are feeling disrespected, and these individuals here - these artists - they have collectively more power than I do."