His new single, “Spiritual,” was originally composed several years ago. After the death of Mike Brown in 2014, he was encouraged to release the song, but the rapper decided not to release it. He stated that he knew Brown’s death wouldn’t be the last.
Jay Z released the song on the streaming service Tidal along with a powerful statement. “I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along. WE ARE NOT,” the message reads. “I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man…. it’s tough right now.”
The song and statement are available here.
He also released a playlist titled “Songs for Survival,” which has 24 tracks featuring struggles and other positive messages. Included on the playlist are some protest songs like “We the People Who Are Darker than Blue,” by Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone‘s “Four Women.”
Other artists included in the mix are Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti, Mos Def, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Kendrick Lamar and more.
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