Music mogul Jay Z has stepped forward to speak out on the multiple fatal shootings by white police officers this week with the release of his new song, “Spiritual.”

Young Hov released the tribute track Thursday (July 7) and accompanied it with a note.

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Various hip-hop artists have publicly addressed the slaying of Minnesota man Philando Castile this week.


What are you going to do when you're the last BLACK MAN on earth ?!?!? That's a question that someone is going to have to answer one day if they keep killing us like this !!!! #PhilandoCastille shot in cold blood as he sat next to his girlfriend after reaching for his identification as instructed by the officer SMFH !!!! & as soon as his girlfriend posted it… FACEBOOK removed it & DELETED her page !!!! They are exterminating us like we are fuckin rats out here people !!!!!!! I don't have anything cool, educated or peaceful to say… This shit is really fucking krazy !!!!! I cannot believe that a day after #AltonSterling is murdered…. Another white cop kills another BLACK MAN while complying !!!! We are DOOMED whether we stand up or not !!! We don't care like our grandparents & parents did !!!! We are weakened by this new age & purposely blinded by these mothafuckas while they KILL US ALL ONE BY ONE !!!! ITS TAKING EVERYTHING INSIDE ME NOT TO FUEL MY RAGE !!!!!!! THEY DONT HAVE MUCH LONGER !!!!!! CAN YALL NOT SEE WTF THEYRE DOING TO US ??? WE ARE DYING PEOPLE…… DYING !!!

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Castile’s death went viral Wednesday (July 6) after his girlfriend livestreamed the shooting on Facebook.

In a Facebook video, Lavish Reynolds claims that the couple were pulled over in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for a busted taillight and that her boyfriend, identified by WCCO as Philando Castile, was shot four or five times. She said that Castile told the officer he was carrying a permitted firearm and had been reaching for his wallet before the officer opened fire. (NY Daily News)

The murder came 24 hours after a white police officer took the life of Louisiana man Alton Sterling.

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