Jay Z Releases Song Railing on Police Brutality

After Beyonce offers her own tribute to latest victims at concert
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:38 AM CDT

Jay Z responded to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Thursday night with the release of an emotional new song, "Spiritual," decrying police brutality, E! reports. "Yeah, I am not poison, no I am not poison / Just a boy from the hood that / Got my hands in the air / In despair don't shoot," he raps on the track. As he explained in a post on Tidal's Twitter account, he actually started the song a while ago. "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."

Meanwhile, his wife, who had earlier called the killings of Sterling and Castile a "war," offered up a tribute to them at her concert in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday night. Beyonce asked the crowd to join her in a moment of silence for the men and dozens of other victims whose names flashed on a screen behind her, TMZ reports, then launched into her song "Freedom." The gossip site notes that the tribute happened hours before five police officers were murdered in Dallas. (Read more Jay Z stories.)

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