Hear Prince’s Freddie Gray Protest Song ‘Baltimore’

Hear Prince’s Freddie Gray Protest Song ‘Baltimore’

In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Prince has announced plans to perform at a concert in Baltimore following recent unrest in the city over the death of a man who was fatally injured in police custody. A statement issued Tuesday, May 5, 2015, says the pop icon will perform Sunday, May 10, at “Rally 4 Peace,” a concert at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Daniel Kreps, ROLLING STONE

 
(Rolling Stone) — Prince will perform at his special Rally 4 Peace event Sunday night in Baltimore, and before he takes the stage, the rocker unveiled his protest song “Baltimore.” Prince dropped his new track, inspired by the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots in the Maryland city, on SoundCloud along with a detailed description on how the “Baltimore” recording transpired.

The protest song was recorded April 30th at Paisley Park Studios with Prince playing all the instruments. The surprisingly upbeat music on “Baltimore” is paired with contemplative lyrics that find Prince singing, “Nobody got in nobody’s way / So I guess you could say it was a good day / At least a little better than the day in Baltimore.” The Purple Rain star is even more pointed in his second verse as he sings, “Does anybody hear us pray? / For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray / Peace is more than the absence of war.”

 

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