Legendary funk icon Prince has long been associated with the word “revolution,” thanks to the band he formed in 1979 that went by the same name. Now, it appears he’s using that word as inspiration for a new song that will pay tribute to the city of Baltimore.
According to USA Today, a spokesperson for the artist said in an official statement that the track will address “the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young black men.” This comes after days of rioting and protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he sustained while in Baltimore police custody.
Prince recorded the as-yet-untitled tribute track earlier this week at his own Paisley Park studios in Minnesota. No word yet on when it’ll be released, but you can sneak a peek at the artwork right here:
No stranger to dabbling in social issues, Prince previously quoted the protest slogan “Black Lives Matter” on stage at the Grammys in February. He joins a growing list of entertainers who have recently spoken about the unrest in Baltimore, including Beyonce (who encouraged fans to support the NAACP), Wale (who visited a Baltimore high school), and Joey Bada$$ (who joined a New York City march).
The Gray case took a turn today (May 1) when Maryland state prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby announced six officers will be charged for the 25-year-old’s death. All six officers are currently in police custody.