Jussie Smollett Unveils "Thank You God" Song About His Jail Sentence: "You Got The Wrong One"

"You think I'm stupid enough to ruin my reputation?" the 39-year-old asks listeners on the track.

BYHayley Hynes
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Jussie Smollett is expressing his feelings the best way he knows how – through his art. On Friday, April 8th, the Empire actor took to his Instagram feed to announce that his latest single, "Thank You God..." is now available across DSPs, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to various charitable organizations.

"It's like they're hell-bent on not solving the crime / Taking out the elements of race and trans and homophobia that's straight taking lives / But turn around and act like I'm the one that killed the strides / Maybe we stick together," the 39-year-old rhymes in the preview uploaded to his feed.

Jussie Smollett Unveils "Thank You God" Song About His Jail Sentence: "You Got The Wrong One"
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"I can't be mad / Take my ego out / Some people searching for fame / Some people chasing that clout / Just remember this, this ain't that situation / You think I'm stupid enough to kill my reputation?"

On an intro slide ahead of the song's lyrics being displayed on the screen, Smollett wrote, "Channeling these thoughts the best way I know how. Love you... - Jussie."

As Radar Online notes, the California-born performer received an early release from jail last month after he was able to post his $150,000, leaving the building just six days into his 150-day-long sentence.

In other news, just a few days ago, we shared a story about Lee Daniels, who – during an interview with Ts Madison – revealed that he "cried like a bitch" about Smollett's "painful" scandal – read more about that here, and stream the disgraced actor's "Thank You God..." single on Apple Music or Spotify below.


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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.