Detroit artists Tee Grizzley and Queen Naija have collaborated on a powerful new song, “Mr Officer,” in which they give voice to their rage and pain at police brutality in America.
Naija handles the chorus, with backing from members of the Detroit Youth Choir. “Mr Officer, y’all are killing us,” she sings. “What if that was my brother? What if that was my dad? What if that was my uncle? What if that was all that I had?”
In the first verse, Grizzley raps about George Floyd, the African American man whose death on May 25 has reignited the Black Lives Matter movement in the US. “He can’t breathe and you still choking ’em, man, why would he lie? / Your knee in his neck, you ain’t gotta do all that,” Grizzley raps, referencing the widely circulated video in which a Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck. And on the second, he calls out those silent on injustice: “I see a lot of people who not saying nothing / Like what if that shit was did to you, huh?”
“I got a million experiences I can touch on in my music, but I couldn’t make another song without speaking on what’s going on,” Grizzley said on Twitter prior to the release of “Mr Officer.” He also added, “I’m not a politician or activist but right now it’s everybody’s job to speak up because the pain, the struggle for equality and the brutality is real.”
Earlier this year, Grizzley teamed up with Payroll Giovanni for “Payroll.” On the other hand, Naija released the video for “Butterflies Pt 2” last week, the sequel to 2018’s “Butterflies,” from her self-titled EP.
Stream “Mr Officer” below:
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