Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Must listen: Raury - Fly

When Missouri police officer Darren Wilson was found not guilty over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last year, the reaction that got most media coverage was, inevitably, the rioting and the looting. But that wasn't everyone's response. Far from it.

Stand up then, Raury, the R&B wunderkind who came fourth in the BBC's Sound of 2015 last week. The 18-year-old has just released a song, Fly, which he wrote instantly after the verdict came in, and it's a sobering account of his reaction.

Sung and spoken over a simple acoustic guitar strum, the lyrics are both accusatory and conciliatory - but this was the moment that sent shivers down my spine:

"I won't ever understand
How triggers pull against a man with empty hands
Cause when you kill the innocent
You are a killer"

You can read the lyrics on RapGenius, and Raury went further into the writing of the song on his Twitter account.

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