In light of the chaos taking place around the country with the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile many celebs have been speaking out. Musical genius Jay-z has taken to the mic to share his feelings on the current instances 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.
The song serves as Jay Z’s first as a lead artist since the release of his Magna Carta Holy Grail in 2013.
“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 track features 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.
Jay’s wife Beyonce commented on the killings saying:
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” Beyoncé wrote. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’ We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.”
Jay Z’s “spiritual” comments end with a 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.”