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The first single from the Chi-Raq soundtrack is here: Spike Lee posted a link to the song’s music video on his Instagram Tuesday along with a message urging listeners to “listen carefully to the lyrics.”

Kevon Carter performs the track, titled “WGDB,” in the video, which features the musician sitting at a piano in a church full of those who have lost loved ones to gang violence. “Let’s not become desensitized,” he sings. “How many of our people have to die?”

Carter also references how much attention society gives relatively trivial issues, and how little attention it gives to Chicago’s gang violence. “But where is the compassion for those murdered in Chicago?” he sings after referencing society’s fascination with Cecil the lion. “When will it end, when will it stop?”

Listen to the track below, and see Chi-Raq when it arrives Dec. 4.

Some critics, Chicago-based musicians, and journalists accused Lee of making light of tragedy after the film’s first trailer came out, but last week Lee addressed those complaints and said, “In no way, shape or form are we not respectful of the situation that’s happening in Chi-Raq. In no way, shape or form are we making light of the lives who have been murdered in this senseless violence. People, don’t get it twisted. This film is about serious business.”

2015 movie
  • Movie
  • 118 minutes
  • Spike Lee