On "No Apology" the first single from Bobby Ross Avila's upcoming EP BEATS, RIOTS & LIVES, the four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer tackles issues of racism and police brutality head-on.
Avila worked with Jasiri X and King Tech, pulling inspiration from Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and the passion of the Civil Right Movement to craft the song.
"I have first hand experience dealing with how the police abuse their authority at will," Bobby Ross Avila told MTV News.
"The police falsely accused me of committing a burglary, arrested me and locked me up as felon with a $70,000 bond attached to it. I had legally prove in court that I was accused based on falsified facts and they were still in denial even when the evidence proved that I was innocent."
Avila pointed out that cell phone videos have brought more light to these issues, but we still have a long way to go.
"This has been happening for years," he said. "I'm just glad that we live in a world where technology is giving this issue exposure. This is not a brown, black or white issue. This is a people issue. I hate what I see going on, it’s disturbing on every level."
One of the most recent incidents that spotlighted the excessive use of police force happened in October, when a South Carolina police officer was eventually fired for dragging a black high school student out of the classroom, because she refused to put her cell phone away.
"We can clearly see we have a problem with policing and we still haven't addressed it in a real way," Jasiri X added. "Are you telling me a school needs a 300 pound security officer to deal with a 16 year old girl? We need to reevaluate this whole system."