Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner. Their names have reached the notoriety of some pop stars, but sadly for all the wrong reasons. That’s the premise behind hip hop artist, JSWISS‘ fiery new single “Famous”, the storyteller’s potent submission to a conversation that sounds as loud today as ever in the history of the United States.
The concept is a new take on an issue that has existed for decades and has become a hot topic during the past several years as documentation of police brutality has become more accessible. Artists expected to reflect the times have publicly lent their voices to the discussion through social media and protest songs, but as a person who doesn’t waste words, on public platforms JSWISS has kept relatively quiet on the subject until he could contribute something new and of value to the conversation.
“What finally struck me was the laundry list of victims names — from adults with futures still ahead of them to kids who hadn’t even fully developed an identity — known by millions throughout the United States and internationally, not for what they’ve done with their lives, but for what was done to them,” says JSWISS.
You can watch the lyric video for “Famous” above and find the song — which features guitarist/producer Marcus Machado and spoken word artist Dasan Ahanu — on all major music platforms.