Jay Z Responds to Police Shootings with New Song

A growing number of celebrities are speaking out against all of the police brutality south of the border.

In response to this week’s fatal police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, Toronto native Drake posted a picture of a statement on his Instagram account, in which he outlined his angered reaction to watching the video of Alton Sterling in Louisiana.


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Now, fellow rapper Jay Z has released an emotional new song – his first single as a lead artist since 2013’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail.

In “Spiritual,” Jay Z raps, “Got my hands in the air, in despair, don’t shoot, I just want to do good.”

In a statement released today, Jay Z said he began working on the song “a while ago” but 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.”

He says he’s, “saddened and disappointed in THIS America — we should be further along,” He adds, “WE ARE NOT.”

You can listen to the song below.