Chris Brown may be finishing up his Party Tour, but the R&B singer has taken a moment to get serious on his latest track with New York royalty, Nas. The two recently dropped their politically-charged tribute single on Thursday (May 11), “Die Young,” which salutes all those who have died as a result of unnecessary violence.
Taking cues from the single artwork, the song’s content may have been influenced by Chinx, the Queens rapper who died at the age of 31 after suffering from a gunshot wound in May 2015. As the melodic track progresses, CB delivers solemn vocals calling for the end of police brutality, racism, and all-around violence to one another. “One man shouldn’t hate on another man / Judge someone because of the color skin / And stop killing each other and genocide,” he sings. Nas also chimes in, drawing from his own experience to illustrate the struggles that people endure in the streets. “In the projects is made so we don’t progress / Experimental tests watch us kill each other film another homicide / They tape it, nobody make it / See he gonna kill the same lab rat he was raised with,” he raps.
Chris Brown is currently gearing up for the release of his summer project, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, which he detailed would be a double-disc album consisting of 40 songs. Surprisingly, based on the track list he leaked, “Die Young” did not make the cut. But there is still a chance fans can see it on Nas’ album. Earlier in Apr. 2017, the rapper dished to Billboard that he would be coming out with a full-length sometime this year, although a date has not been set. News of a new Nas joint has also been confirmed by DJ Khaled.
Listen to Chris Brown and Nas pay homage to the fallen on “Die Young” below.