In a scathing new track called “Still Public Enemy,” former Roc-A-Fella soldier Beanie Sigel comments on the wave of racial tensions and violence that plague the country.
Reaching as far back as the bombing in Birmingham and the Amadou Diallo killing, the song adds the death of Michael Brown, the appalling situation in Flint, Michigan, the heart-rending clip where Diamond Reynolds demanded justice for the murder of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, to the overwhelming stress—and, given the many other references exhaustion—and frustration that Sigel feels in the face of recent events.
He goes into as much detail as he can within four minutes about the terror and death that black people experience in America, while also attempting to paint a picture of a system that’s seen a disturbing evolution of lynching.
“Black deaths get paraded in the news/white sheets get traded in for blues,” the OG raps in a register that he, somehow, manages to maintain throughout the track, “the poor righteous get gunned down by po’ license/they terrorize and form ISIS.”
“Still Public Enemy” is the latest expression of outrage in the wake of the killings of Alton Sterling and Castile, who were killed two weeks ago by police officers, in two consecutive days, and follows a nationwide release of music, protest, and calls for action. Sigel joins a collection of celebrities who have taken to social media, organized, and released music in an effort to heal the nation and address racism and police brutality.
The track follows another song, “Dinero,” which Sigel released earlier yesterday.
Check out “Still Public Enemy” below.
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