Artists react to a week of senseless murders

New songs from Miguel, Jay Z, Solange, and others release songs voicing frustration, sadness, and grief.

- Jul 8, 2016

Two more Black men were shot dead this week by American police, continuing the string of senseless violence shown towards the Black community by law enforcement officials south of the border. Their names, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, will be added to the all-too-long list of African Americans who have suffered the same fate. The violence continued in Dallas last night, where five police offers were killed and seven more were shot by snipers during a protest in the city's downtown core.

In the wake of all this senseless violence, many musicians have been vocal. Drake, someone who almost never gets political, released a statement on his Instagram account, writing: "It's impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains strained as it was decades ago." Chance The Rapper, Killer Mike, Joey Bada$$ and more also spoke out in protest.

Some artists have chosen to write songs rather than statements, however, spreading messages of solidarity through their music. Earlier today we wrote about Black Hippy's "THat Part" remix, in which ScHoolboy Q touches on his frustration. Below you can find a roundup of all the other tracks that have been released.

Miguel, "How Many"

"I'm tired of human lives turned into hashtags and prayer hands" sings Miguel in this rough demo. He's promised to release a CDQ version in the near future, and keep updating it every week until it's finished.

Jay Z, "spiritual"

Jay Z's first solo song since Magna Carta Holy Grail is a response to the violence.

"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."

Swizz Beatz, "Sad News" (feat. Scarface)

Swiss Beatz and Scarface reflect on the murders that took place this week over a slow, boomy instrumental.

Solange, "Black Maybe"

A short cover of Syreeta's "Black Maybe," posted to Solange's Instagram alongside some powerful statements.

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