JAY-Z Shares ‘Songs for Survival 2’ Playlist

  • Following 2016’s list that paid tribute to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

JAY-Z has never been one to step down in times of much-needed justice. Just days ago, the hip-hop mogul paid for full-page ads in a variety of national newspapers to honor George Floyd, equally speaking to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to amplify demands of justice from protestors. Now he has shared a personally-curated playlist dubbed Songs for Survival 2. The new playlist follows 2016’s Songs for Survival playlist, which arrived on the heels of the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

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#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Last week, the nation and the world watched in horror as Officer Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, murdering him in broad daylight. Despite Mr. Floyd’s repeatedly saying that he could not breathe and begging for help, two other officers continued to hold him down while a third stood watch, assisting the killing. The video of his horrific murder sparked outrage, protest and a nationwide call for justice for Mr. Floyd.  That call was ignored by Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman, who delayed in making any arrests. Then he chose to arrest only Officer Chauvin — and charge him with third degree murder. Today, Governor Walz announced that he is referring the case of Mr. Floyd’s murder to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. This is a strong step in the right direction, which we welcome. But by no means has justice for Mr. Floyd been achieved.  While preparations are being made for Mr. Floyd to be laid to rest, the three officers who assisted in his murder lay in their own beds at night as free men. This grave injustice must be addressed immediately, and our voices must be heard. We call for the immediate arrest of all the officers involved and for charges that reflect their roles in the murder of Mr. Floyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery #GeorgeFloyd @teamroc @rocnation #REFORM #FIGHTDIFFERENT

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On Tuesday, TIDAL shared the new playlist, which features 17 tracks from the likes of Tupac Shakur, Nina Simone, Jay Electronica, Gil-Scott Heron, Public Enemy, and many more. Hov’s own record, “Young, Black & Gifted Freestyle,” is also included. Other selections include Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up,” a feminist anthem that demands the respectful treatment of Black women, as well as Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” from Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) soundtrack.

You can listen to JAY-Z’s Songs for Survival 2 playlist below.


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