Earlier this week, T.I. spoke out about the crisis in Ferguson talking about how "America has created a monster," asking "How long can you expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected?" Today, he releases his musical response in the wake of the Missouri events.
Listen above to "The New National Anthem," a thought-provoking collaboration with Skylar Grey. Over a rhythmic-chant beat Grey sings, "Home of the brave and free / Free just to murder me / Land of the beautiful / Cursed by the hate we throw / Is this the new National Anthem?"
And while Tip never specifically mentions Michael Brown or Ferguson, he shares his thoughts on timely racism and injustice issues, mentioning everyone from Trayvon Martin ("He didn't have to die, did he?") to Martin Luther King Jr. throughout his verses.
T.I. wraps the powerful track with an impassioned speech, saying "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." The advice he offers echoes long after the track ends: "Stop waiting on folk to help you, help yourself, it starts with you!"