Rappers like Snoop Dogg, The Game, T.I, Boosie Badazz, and more are speaking out and protesting about the murders of Alton Sterling, of Baton Rouge, La, and Philando Castile, of Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both black men were killed by cops last week causing outrage and protests across America.
Next up on this list are frequent collaborators, Z-Ro and Mike Dean. Last week, in New York City, the two cranked out a new song about police brutality with “No Justice No Peace.” Dean’s syrupy 808 instrumentals have always meshed well with Z-Ro’s reality raps — and gangsta harmonizing. Here, the Mo City Don vents his frustration about why he doesn’t not feel safe around cops, and fear of losing his life at the hands of cops.
“Being black in America, you have to know how to take punches from cops, the government and white society,” Z-Ro said to Vibe. “That’s what it means to be black. You have to be able to take punches and be able to keep moving.”
Mike Dean has worked with Z-Ro on projects such as I’m Still Livin’, Heroin, Let The Truth Be Told, and The Life of Joseph V. McVey.
Z-Ro’s forthcoming album, Drankin’ & Drivin’ is set to drop on July 23rd.
Stream “No Justice No Peace” below.