Jay Z addresses "trans-generational trauma" on new song.
Jay Z joins wife Beyonce in addressing the recent police brutality deaths through art. Picking up a demo he started almost two years ago, Jay Z has adapted the track - which features a subtle piano melody and an autotuned vocal repeating "Just don't calculate us" - and named it Spiritual. It is available on Tidal now.
The lyrics tap into the tragedy and fear being felt across the United States right now, with Jay stating he's "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 good, ah".
Jay took to Twitter to explain his reasons for releasing the song, revealing he was working on it when 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered in 2014. He didn't release it, saying the issue wouldn't be one easily solved. Knowing the truth behind that prediction, it seems Jay Z has decided now is the appropriate time for release: