By Robyn Collins
Jay Z has released a new track in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling, 37 and Philando Castile, 32, who were both shot and killed by police this week in separate incidents.
The song “Spiritual” includes the lines “I am not poison/ Just a boy from the hood that got my hands in the air in despair/ Don’t shoot. I just want to do good/ It is spiritual, yes it is spiritual/ No I’m not poison.”
While “Spiritual” could be about either of these tragedies, Jay Z recorded it at least a year ago, reports Billboard.
This is the first new material from Jay Z as lead artist since 2013’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail.
In a statement, Jay Z wrote, “I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America—we should be further along. WE ARE NOT.”
Earlier on Thursday, Jay Z’s wife Beyoncé addressed police brutality by asking people to take action by contacting local and government authorities, and asked for a moment of silence at her Glasgow show while projecting the names of dozens of victims killed by police.
Read Jay Z’s full statement and listen to “Spiritual” below via Tidal.
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