Kxng Crooked Shoots Back At Racist Police With A Lyrical Demand For Justice (Audio)
For many this election season, the issues of police brutality and the militarization of law enforcement in this country are front-and-center, as racially charged discourse continues to emerge. Police versus citizens has become a prominent theme in music today, with Hip-Hop artists like T.I., Big K.R.I.T., and Nas making the post politically charged music of their careers. The subject has now found itself into new music from Kxng Crooked, the Long Beach, California MC and Slaughterhouse member whose voice was recently heard alongside Kendrick Lamar and Mistah F.A.B. on the potent “Survive,” itself a study of racism and the police.
Today (October 21), Crooked emerges with “Shoot Back (Dear Officer),” a searing record written from the perspective of a distraught citizen addressing the police who shoot and kill young Black children. Featuring Tech N9ne, the song implores police to practice compassion in the heat of the moment, with questions like “would you shoot if that was your son?” It’s an important exercise in role play, which Crooked told XXL was inspired when he “saw Tamir Rice’s mother on TV and the pain in her eyes made my blood pressure boil. No mother should lose a child like that. Then, I watched cops kill unarmed people on film and go home to their families like Black lives didn’t matter. No charges and with paid leave.”
“Shoot Back” will appear on his forthcoming solo album, Good vs. Evil, which arrives on November 11. As he explains, “With Good vs. Evil I decided to create a world where the victims of police brutality, government corruption and class discrimination fought back; but not through silent protest—but through violent protest. Sometimes you have to shake people up and shock them into paying attention.” The album, which is available for preorder on iTunes, features Eminem, RZA, Xzibit, and others.