In the wake of this week’s traumatic, senseless police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Jay Z released a track titled, “Spiritual,” a song about police brutality and justice.
In a statement released via Tidal, along with the song, Jay Z explained that this was a track written a long time ago, unfortunately, the conversation has not changed.
“I made this song a year or so ago, I never got to finish it. 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 rapper said.
He added, “I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man…. it’s touch right now. Blessings to all the families that have lost loved ones to police brutality.”
The rapper concluded with a quote from Frederick Douglass that read: “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.”
On the track, the Brooklyn rapper talks about being a boy from the hood who has his hands in the air. “Yeah, 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 / I just wanna do good, ah / 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 / I just wanna do good, uh.”
Jay Z’s long awaited track came just hours after his wife, Beyonce, blasted a call for action, also, in wake of the recent police shootings.