The Swizz/’Face collaboration “Sad News” sort of took me by surprise upon first listening. Face’s old slow soulful Griot flow does not seem like it would mesh with the hyper pace of most Swizz beats. However “Sad News” is a poignant song dedicated to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two unarmed men who were shot and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively. Scarface delivers a hardened verse that reflects on some of the growing tensions in the black community over police misconduct in a way only Face can. It’s good to see the O.Gs like Face, Snoop Dogg and T.I. stepping up to address the issues going on in society and I hope some of the younger artists that really have the ears of the youth will step up and do the same. TIME IS NOW!!!!!
“For all the homies shot down by white boys and not one convicted / Of wrongdoing, is it justice we pursuing / Freedom from death, beat ’em to death, f— ’em / I will awake the sleeping giants, with one last word,” he spits.