Jay Z Drops Surprise Track in Response to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Killings

"I'm saddened and disappointed in THIS America"
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"I'm saddened and disappointed in THIS America"
Jay Z (photo by Mikael 'Mika' Väisänen)

Jay Z (photo by Mikael 'Mika' Väisänen)

Jay Z has responded to the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were gunned down and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively. 

The recent police killings have sparked public outrage, with protests being orchestrated throughout the United States. 

With a new track, entitled 'spiritual', Jay Z focuses on the many issues surrounding this tragedy by addressing how minorities are constantly on their toes in society. On the chorus Jay Z states, "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."

The track is also accompanied by a statement where Jay Z describes how the song came about. "I made this song a while ago, I never got to finish it," Jay Z wrote of 'spiritual'. "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."

Listen to the track, which was premiered on TIDAL, and read the full statement from Jay Z below.

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