Hear Miguel’s Black Lives Matter Song ‘How Many’

The recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the five Dallas police officers has left America in a mixed state of being irate, saddened and confused. R&B artist Miguel has reacted by using his platform to bring awareness to police brutality. He recorded a rough demo of a single which sees him ask how many black lives will be murdered before changes are made.

As artists and other public figures continue to share their reactions to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Miguel has posted a new song ‘How Many.’

“This version was started (written/recorded) here in London in my hotel room between the hours of 4am and around 7am when i passed out,” The ‘Adorn’ singer wrote on Soundcloud.

“Ill update this song every week until its complete. Please feel free to share. #blacklivesmatter.” (sic)

On the demo, Miguel isn’t subtle about the song’s stark subject matter:

I’m tired of human lives turned into hashtags and prayer hands
I’m tired of watching murderers get off
Brothers and sisters, it’s time to wake up
Brothers and sisters, it’s time to say something, do something
How many black lives, how many black lives?
How many heartbeats turned into flatlines.

We can’t let them die in vain.