Jay Z releases emotional new song addressing police brutality

Jay Z took to the mic to address how our nation’s grappling with police brutality this week.

“Spiritual,” which is streaming on Tidal, debuts at the end of a tragic week that’s seen the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile broadcast to the world, as well as the deaths of police officers and civilians in Dallas. In a statement accompanying the release, Jay Z states that he’s been working on the song for a while. 

The song follows Beyoncé‘s powerful statement on the recent shootings and police brutality, which begins: “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities.” 

On the chorus of “Spiritual,” Jay Z states: “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.” On a verse, he gets more personal as he wonders how he’ll protect his young daughter, Blue Ivy. 

You can listen to the track here

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.