Saturday (July 9) rapper and producer Mad Lion released “I Can’t Breathe,” a potential anthem for people of color still recovering from the fatal police brutality shootings that have occurred over the last week. The song features Samuel L. Jackson, Talib Kweli, Sticky Fingaz, Brother J, KRS-One all spilling their ills with society on the song.
Despite not being the most skilled singer, Samuel L. Jackson, accompanied by a children’s choir, passionately carries the chorus of this track: “I can hear my neighbor crying ‘I can’t breathe’/ Now I’m in the struggle, and I can’t leave/ Calling out the violence of the violence of the racist police/ We ain’t gonna stop ’til people are free.”
While this song calls scrutinizes the shootings that took the lives of five officers in Dallas last Thursday (July 7), it also encourages members of the movement against police brutality to fight back. KRS-One suggests listeners “pick up a bottle” and Talib Kweli drops some accusatory stats in the following verse: “Your chance of dying from an American cop/ Eight times more likely than a terrorist plot/ I’m like “Wow, who’s the terrorists now?”
Listen to the full song below: