There are very few artists in hip-hop who have the power to make the internet stand still when they release new material. Jay Z is one of those artists. (The others, in no particular order, are Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole.)
But while we've enjoyed several guest spots from Hov over the past two months, including work with Pusha T ("Drug Dealers Anonymous"), Fat Joe ("All The Way Up Remix") and Future ("I Got The Keys"), it has been several years (three to be exact) since the rapper-turned-mogul released a brand new, solo single.
On Thursday evening (July 7), in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement officers and while all hell was breaking loose in Dallas, Jay Z unleashed the Detail-produced "Spiritual," a powerful record that tackles police shootings against Black Americans.
In a note that accompanied the release of the song, created a year ago and sitting unfinished and sadly still relevant until this week, Hov wrote he is "saddened and disappointed in THIS America."
You can stream the full song below or click here:
Jay Z might be one of the most successful rap artists of all-time, a 22x GRAMMY Award winner whose streaming service might soon be sold for hundreds of millions, but on "Spiritual" he reminds us all, "I am not poison, no I am not poison, just a boy from the hood." These are the words of a superstar who has come down from his ivory tower and is standing among the people, hands in the air, urging the police not to shoot.
It's exciting to hear new material from one of the greatest of all-time, but it's equally depressing to be delivered the goods in the aftermath of two horrific shooting deaths that have once again sparked civic unrest across the country.
Tonight the internet again stood still, but unfortunately this time it wasn't just because of Jay Z.
By DJ Z, who like Jay Z is deeply saddened and disappointed in THIS America
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