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Certain stories affect people in different ways. In hip-hop, there’s been unity in regards to the deaths of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile. In Houston alone, songs by Slim Thug, Killa Kyleon & Doughbeezy have all hit the internet voicing frustration with policing, unarmed black men and women getting killed and more. Now we can add a verse from the legendary Scarface to the list.

Brother Mob himself adds a verse to Swizz Beatz’ “Sad News”, a response not specifically attributed to the shootings of Sterling and Castile over the past 48 hours but a feeling of loss and despair in general. “This must stop!” Swizz wrote onInstagram. “Scarface and I have something to say.”

While it’s true our initial thoughts of Swizz Beatz aren’t of political song writer but rather one of the more under-appreciated producers of his era, “Sad News” hits from all angles. Swizz is singing for the majority of it and he’s positioning himself in a fashion that’s welcoming in light of all this darkness. Scarface to his credit does not disappoint in his verse, maintaining the same scope of the world he’s had for the past three decades now. “Shot down for the dope and the dollar sign, I often sit and wonder could this world be mine?,” Scarface raps on “Sad News”.
“I’d be lying if I said I ain’t hurt ’em when they told me I was just a n*gga, nothing but a burden to society, they call the Ku Klux to quiet me, and wonder I’m stuck in here reacting too it violently.”

Swizz is working on his Choices & Changes album set to be released this year. If content like “Sad News” is present, maybe we won’t dismiss the One Man Band Man’s call for action.