This morning, we all woke up to some horrifying news: Five police officers murdered at a protest in Dallas. But even as we’re trying to make sense of that, we’re still processing the trauma of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the two black men killed by police earlier this week. And this morning, Jay Z has released “spiritual,” his new song about processing all the police killings in recent years, as well as the general trauma of growing up black in America.
Jay has rapped on a few other songs lately: Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s “All The Way Up (Remix),” Pusha T’s “Drug Dealers Anonymous,” DJ Khaled’s “I Got The Keys.” But this is the first solo Jay Z song since he released Magna Carta Holy Grail in 2013. And it’s clearly a personal one: “I’m smack dab in a hurricane of emotions / Can’t even raise my daughter, my little carter / We call her Blue cuz it’s sad that / How can I be a dad that, I never had that.” Here’s Jay’s statement about the song:
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Listen to “spiritual” at Tidal