Jay Z Pens New Song, “Spiritual,” About Police Brutality

Jay Z has just released a new track about police brutality, “spiritual,” on Tidal, along with a note condemning the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. (Beyoncé also shared a note titled “Freedom” yesterday).

“I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America — we should be further along. WE ARE NOT,” says Jay Z. “It’s tough right now. Blessings to all the families that have lost loved ones to police brutality.”

The lyrics are emotional and personal, bringing up both family — Blue Ivy — and wider trauma. The chorus also pays tribute to Michael Brown and Ferguson, alluding to the “Hands up, don’t shoot” slogan that was adopted by Black Lives Matter activists:

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.

This year, Jay Z has also released a remix of “All the Way Up” with Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, and Infrared. He’s also rumored to be working on a new album in response to Lemonade.

Read the full note below:

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