The whole world is watching America right now as several people in different states are currently rioting against police brutality and racial profiling.
The riot was sparked by the recent death of a black man named George Floyd who was caught on camera saying he couldn’t breathe while a white policeman pressed his knee into his neck till he died.
Police brutality has been an issue in the United States for a very long time and those against it have done a lot in pushing the message via several forms including movies and music.
Several artistes have put out their views on the topic, addressed the issue directly and been heavily involved in the stories and seeing the artists doing their part in the current George Floyd case made us remember some iconic songs that addressed these very same issues!
Vic Mensa – 16 Shots
This song was dedicated to Laquan McDonald, a 17 year old black boy who got shot 16 times by a white police officer in Chicago. He was walking away from the police when he got shot.
Childish Gambino – This Is America
This song’s music video sent shockwaves all over the world. He referenced several things in the song including racism, gun violence, mass shootings and more and some scenes were linked to recent cases.
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Kendrick is already known for his input when it comes to addressing issues of racism in his rap. Alright which was on his To Pimp A Butterfly album talked about racism and the video went viral for its raw visuals depicting police brutality.
NWA – F*ck Tha Police
An old classic…the song which was on the Straight Outta Compton album in 1988 addressed racial profiling and police brutality and till this day has influenced pop culture heavily.
Jay Z – Spiritual
He dropped this song after the police shootings of Alton Sterling (who was shot after being pinned down by the police) and Philando Castile (who got shot in his car with his partner and her child)
Wyclef Jean – Diallo
The song was based on Amadou Diallo, a 23 year old Guinean in New York, who got shot at over 40 times in the street for allegedly pulling out a gun. It turned out to be his wallet.
Which other song comes to mind for you when you see stories of police brutality and racial profiling?
Click on the comment box below and leave us your thoughts. Thank you