Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Samuel L. Jackson + More Release Song "I Can't Breath"
Two separate songs both titled “I Can’t Breath” were recently released. One of the songs was by Samuel L. Jackson, KRS-One, Sticky Fingaz, Mad Lion, Talib Kweli, Brother J, and produced by Mad Lion. The song is available on YouTube. The other is by family members of Eric Garner, who was killed after being choked to death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in Staten Island. Although the footage was caught on camera, Pantaleo was found not guilty. The second track was recorded by Eric Garner’s siblings Ellisha Flagg and Steven Flagg and posted to Soundcloud. It’s been nearly two years since Eric Garner has passed.
Eric Garner exclaimed, “I can’t breath,” eleven time as he was being choked to death. No medical attention was offered to the dying Garner on site despite EMT arriving. Eric Garner died shortly after being taken to a hospital. “I Can’t Breath” has since become a rallying call for Black Lives Matter protesters and sympathizers alike.
In the days following the deaths of 37 year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, 32-year-old Philando Castile in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alva Braziel in Houston, Texas numerous artists have released songs honoring the dead and speaking on issues of racism, police brutality, and white supremacy. DJ Greg Street released “I Am Somebody” featuring Big K.R.I.T., B.o.B., and Akon. Jay Z released the song “Spiritual.” Singer Miguel dropped the track “How Many.” Multiple other artists have also released songs dedicated to fighting police terror and honoring the victims.
Listen to the two tracks, “I Can’t Breathe” below.