By Robyn Collins
Scarface and Swizz Beatz have collaborated on a new track, “Sad News,” in response to the tragic killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this week.
“Sad News” opens with the lines, “A little boy got shot down today/ I hope his family is okay/ Is it our race that pay/ I hope the whole world be okay.”
While the chorus is gentle and pleads for peace and comfort, other lines are more angry and aggressive: “For all the homies shot down by white boys and not one convicted/ Of wrongdoing, is it justice we pursuing/ Freedom from death, beat ’em to death, f— ’em/ I will awake the sleeping giants, with one last word.”
Sterling and Castile were shot and killed by cops within a 24-hour period, Sterling on Tuesday (July 5) in Baton Rouge, La., Castile the next night at a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
Their deaths were followed on Thursday night by the killings of five policemen in Dallas. The officers were killed by two snipers during a rally to protest police brutality. It was the deadliest mass-incident for U.S. law enforcement since the terror attacks of September 11th.