Mary J. Blige & Kendrick Lamar Rework Bruce Springsteen’s ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’
Remember that awkward moment in which Mary J. Blige signs in front of
Hillary Clinton during her one-on-one interview? The song she was singing was Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin.” Well, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has reworked the rocker’s somber tune, which was inspired by the 1999 New York police shooting of an unarmed African man, Amadou Diallo, and made it her own.
MJB’s "American Skin (41 Shots)" still delivers the urgent message of ending police violence on unarmed citizens. While Mary sings Springsteen’s poignant verses, it’s Kendrick Lamar’s politically-charged lyrics about racial discrimination and police brutality that bring the message home.
"I could reverse the day, reverse the time, reverse the block, reverse the gun, reverse the shot / Reverse the law, reverse the flaw that made us all the versions of a danger flock / Reverse the love, reverse the hate, reverse the hope, reverse the way we playing sin / Reverse the moment, so we can live again / Life and times of the American skin," he raps.
There's no official word if MJB will release the song as a single. The Grammy-winning singer is currently working on her new project, Strength of a Woman, which will be released later this year.
This isn't the first time Mary J. Blige has teamed up with K.Dot. The pair have collaborated on "Now or Never," which is featured on the deluxe edition of Lamar's classic album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city.
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