T.I. Speaks Out on Racism in ‘New National Anthem’

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All of the protests and racial tension in Ferguson, Missouri has lead rapper T.I. to share his thoughts  through a revolutionary Skylar Grey-assisted track titled “New National Anthem.”

“I know radio probably ain’t gon’ play this,” he says at the beginning of the song before rapping about racism and racial injustices in America.

Grey provides the powerful hook singing, “Home of the brave and the free / Free just to murder me / Land of the beautiful, cursed by the hate we throw / Is this the new national anthem?”

He ends the track by posing an intriguing question: “Let me ask you something: If the kids are the future, tell me why you can get more for being C.O., than you can for being a teacher? Tell me why it means more to the government to pay the people who got to watch over the prisoners, more than the people who got to keep the children from becoming prisoners.”

“New National Anthem” is the hip hop community’s latest response to the shooting of 18-year-old, Mike Brown. Other responses through music include J. Cole’s “Break Free,” Elle Varner’s “One Love” and Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage.”

Listen to “New National Anthem” below.

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