Jay Z Shares New Single ‘Spiritual’ Calling Out Police Brutality

Jay Z dropped an emotional new song about the killings of black men by police officers, 'Spiritual,' this week. The song, which was released on Tidal, was accompanied by a long open letter in which Jay Z said he began writing the song "awhile ago," and considered releasing it after the 2014 murder of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. Click on the photo to listen to the new single.

Spiritual

It says a lot about a country (i.e America) when a new song about police brutality, that Jay Z began working on a year ago, is more relevant today than ever.

In the wake of the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the rapper released ‘Spiritual’ on Tidal.

“I made this song a year or so ago, I never got to finish it,” Jay Z said in a statement that was posted to Tidal’s Twitter account. “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…. I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along. WE ARE NOT.”

You can (and should) listen to Jay Z’s ‘Spiritual’ below and read his full statement above.

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
I just wanna do good