Lars Niki/Getty Images for BETT.I. and South African rapper Nasty C touch on systemic racism and racial injustice in the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests on their collaboration, “They Don’t.”
Nasty C opens the track, rapping, “They don’t want to see a young black man succeed,” before T.I. delivers a passionate verse naming George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and so many more black lives lost at the hands of law enforcement.
With protests taking over several cities following the recent deaths of Floyd, Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others, T.I. and Nasty C both join a growing list of artists lending their voices musically to speak up against police brutality.
Also joining in the fight is Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley with his new single, “Mr. Officer,” featuring R&B singer Queen Naija and members of the Detroit Youth Choir.
The track also sheds light on the violence inflicted by police on black communities. “Y’all supposed to be the heroes though, you know, protect and serve. Y’all takin’ us off of the Earth. I see the police and it [mess] with my nerves,” Tee raps.
“Mr. Officer” could be fitting or the moment, or it may also appear on Tee Grizzley’s forthcoming album, The Smartest. It follows the recent visuals for “I Spy,” “Robbery,” and “Payroll.”
By Rachel George
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