Mary J. Blige has unleashed her powerful remake of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin” featuring a surprise guest spot from Kendrick Lamar.
While Mary performed the song for Hillary Clinton during an episode of “The 411,” K-Dot’s verse is brand new.
“These days murder keep ’em busy / Sweet blood flowed on the gurney / Yellow tape tied around the street / Colin Kaepernick was more than worthy, ” he rhymes.
Mary’s soulful voice brings the anti-police brutality theme home. “Well, is it a gun? Is it a knife?” she asks. “Is it a wallet? This is your life / It ain’t no secret / No secret my friend / You can get killed just for living in your American skin.”
This isn’t the first time Mary and Kendrick have joined forces. They also teamed up on “Now or Never” off the deluxe edition of good kid, m.A.A.d. city.
“American Skin (41 Shots)” may appear on Mary’s forthcoming album Strength of a Woman, which will also feature “Thick of It.”
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