In the light of the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rogue, Louisiana and Philando Castile in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, Jay Z has released a new song, his first solo track in a long while. It’s called Spiritual. Jay Z released the song exclusively on, yup you guessed it, Tidal. Jay Z touches on the painful subject of police violence, speaking on such issues as, “trans generational trauma.” Beyoncé released a message concerning the killings earlier today.
Jay Z raps on Spiritual:
No, I’m not poison
Just a boy from the hood
That got my hands in the air, in despair
I just wanna do good
Jay Z also released a message detailing the story behind the song. It says:
I made this song awhile ago, I never got to finish it.
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.
Read the note in full below and listen to Jay Z’s new track Spiritual here.