According to CNN, on Thursday, Jay Z released his emotional single “Spiritual” on his streaming service Tidal. The song addresses the epidemic of Black men being shot and killed by the police.
“Got my hands in the air in despair/don’t shoot/I just wanna do good,” he raps on the track.
In an accompanying statement, the rapper wrote, “I’m saddened and disappointed in this America.” The free song which was written following the death of Mike Brown in 2015 illustrates Carter’s struggle with being a black father in America and trying to reconcile with the reality of police brutality.”
On Friday, singer Miguel released the song “How Many,” which addresses the similar themes and the emotional toll these unjust deaths have on the Black community. According to the singer’s Instagram page, this song is a work-in-progress and he plans on “updating [it] as it evolves weekly.”
In addition, Swizz Beatz and rapper Scarface joined forces for the song “Sad News,” which is dedicated to Philando Castile and Alton Sterlings, Blavity noted.
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‘Sad News’ addresses not only how common deaths these deaths are, but how our current political climate feeds into racial hatred and inequality. Scarface even makes reference to presidential candidate Donald Trump and the Ku Klux Klan during his verse, Pitchfork noted.
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