Legendary singer and songwriter Prince has used his musical platform to address particular issues in times past. With the unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, Prince has plans to release a tribute track to Gray and the city.
Billboard got the scoop on the unnamed and currently unreleased track, which the artist hopes articulates his support of Charm City and its ongoing struggles. Prince has layered messages in his music before, but this song comes at a time where race relations in America between people of color and police are beyond strained.
Using his talent for a higher purpose, the Minneapolis superstar hopes he can reach the hearts and minds of those contending with the current climate.
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The legendary artist has recorded a “tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore,” a spokesperson tells Billboard. Though release plans haven’t been announced, it’s understood the track will address Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore police custody, and the socio/political issues around the nation following a spate of killings of young black men.
Prince is the latest in a long line of artists who’ve taken a stand over the murder of African-Americans. The likes of Joey Bada$$, Future Islands, Beyonce and The Game have led tributes and called for action following the deaths of Gray and others before him.
Hit the following page to see the full-size artwork for Prince’s tribute track to Freddie Gray and Baltimore.
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