December 4, 2014


Alicia Keys Prays for America in New Song & Powerful Video

As America wrestles with the heartbreaking, maddening pattern of unpunished police brutality against black citizens, Alicia Keys is searching for strength through music. In a new song called "We Gotta Pray," Keys plays a soft, mournful piano ballad that sings of saving lives and fighting—and hoping—for justice. (And that melody line you recognize? Soul II Soul's "Back to Life.")

The accompanying video shows scenes from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the U.S., as well as images of the Civil Rights struggle in the 1960s and the seemingly endless, frequently racially motivated attacks continuing to happen around the world.

Many musicians have been vocal about the escalating violence and widespread sense of unrest in America in recent months, including Killer MikeT.I.Frank OceanJohn LegendChuck DTalib KweliChildish Gambino, and many more

J. Cole's "Be Free," released in August as a tribute to the murdered 18-year-old Michael Brown, shares a similar mournfulness to Keys' "We Gotta Pray":