The police shootings of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher have ignited Black Lives Matter protests over the last few days, and many artists have taken the opportunity to speak out on the subject. Legendary Compton rapper and producer DJ Quik has shared a new record in response to the horrifying events, titling the soul-sampling track "Black Friday," using his platform to speak up for black people across the country. "Don't put your hands up. Don's ask them not to shoot. Just say you wanna live. Now that's a common truth," he raps, suggesting that at times like these, the media isn't to be trusted. "You can't believe the TV. That's only part the scandal."
Quik also shared a short message along with the record. You can read it below.
I wrote this piece because I don't like the tumultuous air surrounding Black People. Someone had to speak up for the African American community on this Black Friday and I elect Me to do so.
aka DJ Quik
Don't let the evils distract you or make you quit
Because if it was Eazy-E could do it
If 'Pac was here, he'd write a song that would calm you down
And I would maybe produce it, give it that Compton sound