In the wake of the ongoing tragedies around the nation, Jay Z has a released a new song discussing police brutality. Take a listen to the powerful track here.
After taking a 3-year hiatus from his solo career, Jay Z, 46, has released a new song, “Spiritual,” addressing police brutality, in the wake of the recent deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. You’ll definitely want to hear this intense song.
The instrumentals on the track are matched by Jay Z’s fierce rapping. “Yeah, I am not poison, no I am not poison / Just a boy from the hood that / Got my hands in the air / In despair don’t shoot / I just wanna do good, ah,” he raps on the hook in reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
But in addition to addressing the social movements going on around the nation, he also mentions his daughter Blue Ivy, 4, and his fear for the world she is growing up. “Can’t even raise my little daughter, my little Carter / We call her Blue cause it’s sad that / How can I be a dad that, I never had that / Shattered in a million pieces, where the glass at,” he continued in the first verse. Aww!
While the single was released just recently, the rapper revealed that it was actually recorded a year ago. “I made this song a year or so ago, I never got to finish it,” Jay said in an accompanying statement with the single. “Punch (TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, “this issue will always be relevant. I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last…” Only days before the single’s release, Philando and Alton reportedly died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds at the hands of police officers in Minnesota and Baton Rouge respectively. Both incidents were filmed on a cell phone camera, and quickly went viral, sparking outrage and debate.
In his statement, he continued to express his disappointment for the state of the U.S. right now. “I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along. WE ARE NOT. I trust in God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man…..it’s tough right now,” he went on. “Blessings to all the families that have lost loved ones to police brutality,” he added. And the Brroklyn native concluded the note by quoting Fredrick Douglas.
Jay Z’s single, which is his first track release since 2013, comes after a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions concerning the recent events and police brutality. His wife, Beyonce, 34, also took a public stand during her performance in Glasgow on July 7, where she displayed the names of the individuals who died.
“Spiritual” is currently only on TIDAL, but is available to non-subscribers as well.
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