Kendrick Lamar Joins Mary J. Blige On Cover Of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin”

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Kendrick Lamar Joins Mary J. Blige On Cover Of Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin"

Many of us assumed that when Mary J. Bilge was compelled to burst out into a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin” while interviewing presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, she’d just caught some socially-conscious form of the spirit. It was an insanely awkward moment, but it’s sentiment did not go over any heads. The song was one dedicated to/inspired by the memory of Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old Bronx man that was killed by four NYPD officers in 1999, all acquitted of their second-degree murder charges; a painfully familiar thread.

But it turns out that MJB has actually recorded a cover of the song and today it arrives as the first single off a still untitled new project with a little help from Kendrick Lamar. You can hear the track down below, but if you’re looking to catch Mary J. Blogs in-the-flesh in the months ahead, refer to her joint tour dates with Maxwell just beneath the player.

Mary J. Blige Tour Dates:
November 5: Baltimore, MD / Royal Farms Arena
November 6: Washington, DC / Verizon Center
November 9: Philadelphia, PA / Wells Fargo Center
November 10: New York, NY / Madison Square Garden
November 12: St. Louis, MO / Scottrade Center***
November 14: Toronto, ON / Air Canada Centre
November 16: Cleveland, OH / Quicken Loans Arena
November 18: Detroit, MI / The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 19: Indianapolis, IN / Bankers Life Fieldhouse***
November 20: Memphis, TN / FedEx Forum
November 22: Charlotte, NC / Time Warner Cable Arena
November 23: Richmond, VA / Richmond Coliseum
November 25: Atlanta, GA / Philips Arena***
November 26: Greensboro, NC / Greensboro Coliseum
November 29: Miami, FL / AmericanAirlines Arena
December 1: New Orleans, LA / Smoothie King Center
December 2: Dallas, TX / American Airlines Center
December 3: Houston, TX / Toyota Center***
December 6: Los Angeles, CA / The Forum
December 7: Oakland, CA / Oracle Arena
December 9: Las Vegas, NV / T-Mobile Arena
December 11: Bossier City, LA/ CenturyLink Center
December 12: Kansas City, MO / Sprint Center**
December 14: Chicago, IL / United Center**

**Ro James will not be appearing on these dates

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