In light of the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota, Jay Z delivers a new song, entitled “spiritual.” The rap mogul tackles police brutality on the track, which he says he made a while ago, but never finished.
“Punch (TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘this issue will always be relevant,’ he wrote in a letter accompanying the song. “I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last…… I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along. WE ARE NOT.”
On the hook of the Detail and Ray Real-produced track, Hov raps: “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.”
In his letter, he goes on to say that he trusts God and knows that everything that happens is for our greatest good, “but man…. it’s tough right now.” He continued, sending “Blessings to all the families that have lost loved ones to police brutality.”
Jay Z closed the letter with the following quote from abolitionist, Frederick Douglass:
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”‘
His wife, Beyoncé, also addressed the police shootings, in an open letter she published on her website, plus she honored all those killed by police brutality with a moment of silence at her Glasgow, Scotland concert.
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