In the spirit of covering Palestine’s presence in the world of music, we have just been alerted to a politically-conscious rap single by recording artist T.I. that mentions the Gaza Strip in its opening line.
‘New National Anthem’, which features vocals from Skylar Grey, focuses on a number of injustices endemic to the United States particularly as they apply to Black America. From police-endorsed racial profiling to the school-to-prison pipeline that breaks families apart and prevents new ones from forming, and from political corruption to the ever-expanding gun problem, T.I. asks a very valid question: “Is this the new national anthem?”
Despite the track’s relevance to today’s social climate, it was written months before the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, this past August. The single was finalized and released on September 23. The lyrics ring truer today than ever before.
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