Jay Z Breaks His Silence Releases ‘Spiritual’ In Wake Of Fatal Shootings Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile

| July 8, 2016 | 0 Comments


Yesterday Queen Bey unleashed her beyhive upon lawmakers with her open letter with a crippling effect.

Now, today we hear the mighty roar of the lion as Jay Z drops his first single since 2013 in response to the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile with a song called ‘Spiritual’.

Genius.com has the full lyrics and description of Jay Z song below:

On July 7, 2016, Jay Z released the single “Spiritual” in response to two separate successive killings of black men in the days prior. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were murdered by police officers who claimed both men were armed at the time they were killed.

The single was Jay Z’s first new material as a lead artist since 2013’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail. In a statement released with the single, which includes a quote from Frederick Douglass, Jay Z claimed that he had made the track a while ago and never got to finish it. Punch from TDE told him to release the track at the time another black man, Michael Brown, was murdered by white police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri—making the track around two years old at the time of its release. Jay Z had also mentioned Mike Brown’s untimely passing in his Stream Of Consciousness freestyle in 2015, so this incident clearly hit him hard.

In the track, Jay asserts his spirituality in dealing with issues of self-worth facing young black men in America. While repeatedly claiming “I am not poison,” Jay seeks to find the strength while reflecting on both childhood wounds that never healed and the pressures of being a father while never knowing his own.
Click here to listen to track

Source: genius.com

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