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Jay Z highlights social injustice with Songs for Survival playlist

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In response to ongoing discussions of police brutality after both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile died last week at the hands of law enforcement officers, Jay Z has released an exclusive Tidal playlist featuring songs highlighting social injustice.

The collection, dubbed “Songs for Survival,” features contributions by prominent pop, R&B, and hip-hop artists such as Nina Simone, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Fela Kuti, Outkast, Gil-Scott Heron, and Jay Z’s wife, Beyoncé. The playlist’s cover art shows a black-and-white photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. shaking Malcolm X’s hand.

Jay Z previously released the track “Spiritual” on Thursday following the deaths of both Castile and Sterling. “I made this song a while ago, I never got to finish it,” he wrote in a statement, acknowledging the song is not a new recording. “Punch (TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘This issue will always be relevant.’ I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last.”

At a Glasgow performance Thursday evening, Beyoncé also paid tribute to Castile, Sterling, and “countless others” who have been killed by officers in the United States, asking the audience for a moment of silence as the names of victims of police brutality appeared on a screen behind her.

Check out Jay Z’s full “Songs for Survival” playlist, which is available to stream exclusively on Tidal, below.

 

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