Usher's eerily sparse, powerful "Chains" accompany the images. "We're still in chains / You put the shame on us," he sings on the track that also tackles our nation's gun problem. "Moment of silence / American school and we in church too / Shooting, shooting, shooting, we the prey."
With eyes affixed on the screen, "Chains" examines more lives lost from inexcusable racial profiling, including Rekia Boyd, Marlon Brown, Ramarley Graham and Caesar Cruz. In the latter case, "Innocent of any crime, Caesar was cornered in his car by five police officers and fatally shot 15 times. He was still strapped in his seatbelt. No one has been charged."
"I'm the modern one yelling at senators, presidents, congressmen / Saying we have a problem in need of acknowledging," Nas rhymes. "I am no prison commodity / Not just a body you throw in a cell / For any reason, just to bother me." Nas' verse also pays tribute to Sean Bell, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, three unarmed black men who were killed by the police.
Usher will debut "Chains" live at the all-star Tidal X: 1020 concert on October 20th at Brooklyn's Barclays Arena. The charity gig, which will benefit the New World Foundation, also features Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Meek Mill and many more.
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