Jay Z releases song in response to police shootings of black men
Published 08/07/2016 | 14:26
Rap star Jay Z has released an emotional new song in response to this week's fatal police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.
The song, Spiritual, has Jay Z rapping: "Got my hands in the air, in despair, don't shoot, I just want to do good."
In a statement accompanying the song's release, the rapper said he began working on it "a while ago".
He said someone encouraged him to release it after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but he said he knew Mr Brown's death "wouldn't be the last".
He added that he is "saddened and disappointed in this America - we should be further along ... we are not".
The song is available on Tidal , the subscription-based streaming service owned by Jay Z.