In the wake of this week’s terrible murders of the Black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by bad police, Jay Z breaks his silence with a song called “Spiritual.” After Beyoncé penned an open letter and took a moment of silence for the victims of police brutality during her world tour, Mr. Carter lets the music speak.
“Ya’ll can have that, I’m smack dab in the hurricane of emotions,” he raps. “Can’t even raise my little daughter, my little Carter / We call her Blue ’cause it’s sad that, how could I be a dad that I never had that / Shattered in a million pieces, where the glass at?”
He continues, “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 want to do good.”
The song was accompanied by a letter that better explains Jay’s mindset & inspiration. “I made this song awhile ago, I never got to finish it,” said Hov. “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.”
— TIDAL (@TIDALHiFi) July 8, 2016
We are saddened by the kind of nation we are living in where young & old men, women, & children of color are murdered in pure daylight and clearly celebrities are coming forward to let their voices speak volumes on the issue of police brutality & racism today. “Spiritual” is only a taste of what Black Americans feel, stream the song via TIDAL if you click here.