The song was initially released in 2015 in response to Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody.
Prince‘s estate is marking the late icon’s 62nd birthday with the release of the politically-charged video for his 2015 single, “Baltimore.”
The clip features footage, photos, and headlines, from the 2015 Baltimore uprising, which was sparked by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray on April 19th, 2015, while in police custody. Eventually featured at the top of Prince’s HITNRUN album, an early version of “Baltimore” was released as a show of solidarity with protestors on May 9th. The completed track arrived on May 26th of that year, just a few weeks after his Rally 4 Peace benefit concert in the city.
Along with the previously unreleased video, the estate shared a timely-beyond-its-years handwritten note from the artist. It reads: “Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than INTOLERANCE [between] Black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE.”
Watch the powerful video for Prince’s “Baltimore” above. Scroll on to read the note.
Prince dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of “Love 4 One Another.” In this note that he kept in his personal archives, he wrote a message that still resonates today. #Prince #Love4OneAnother pic.twitter.com/thTv9cukBV
— Prince (@prince) June 7, 2020