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Jay Z Releases Single About Police Brutality

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Celebuzz reported, following the recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Jay Z is following in the steps of his wife Beyoncé and speaking out against police brutality. Like Beyoncé, the rapper released a statement expressing his disappointment in the country and insisting we have not progressed as much as we should have.

Jay Z released his first single in years “Spiritual,” about police brutality. The rapper admitted to beginning to write the song over a year ago and being saddened it is still very much relevant.

“I made this song a while ago, I never got to finish it,” Jay Z wrote of “spiritual” on Tidal, where the song is streaming for both members and non-subscribers. “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…… I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along. WE ARE NOT.”



The emotionally raw track, featuring an unnerving beat by Detail, wrestles with spirituality in the face of police brutality. “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,” Jay Z raps on the chorus.

Later on the track, the rapper opens up, “This is the real me unfold / Gangster is love, I’m thuggin’, I’m huggin’ / This is tougher than any gun that I raised / Any crack that I blazed, that was nothin’ / Peeling back the layers, uncovering / Scars that never healed, I never kept it this real.”

Listen to “Spiritual” below. Now available to TIDAL.



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