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July 08, 2016

Jay Z releases song against police violence

Jay Z didn't write "Spiritual" about the recent police killings of Philando Castile or Alton Sterling. Unfortunately, a song like this seems to have no shelf life. 

"Punch (TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, 'this issue will always be relevant,'" the artist wrote in a mission statement released with the song. ["Punch," by the way, is Terrence “Punch” Henderson, co-president of Top Dawg Entertainment.]

At its heart, "Spiritual" feels like a blues song, written by a man "smack-dab in a hurricane of emotions":

"I need a drink, shrink or something

I need an angelic voice to sing something

Bless my soul, extend your arms, I'm cold

Hold me for a half hour until I am whole, yeah"

According to Vanity Fair, Jay Z released "Spiritual" today, July 8, via his Tidal streaming service — so technically, you'd need to sign up to hear it. But somebody posted the song on YouTube, and the rapper has not, as of yet, had it taken down.