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.
Read the full note below: