In the short days and hours since the deaths this week of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — two black men killed, in separate incidents, by police — many musicians have spoken out, typically via social media.
Mistah F.A.B. went a step further on Thursday with the release of "6 Shots," where the Bay Area rapper breaks down the known details surrounding Sterling's death as well as some of the broader, systemic issues at play.
"Same situation: black victim, white cop / Same scenario: six months later, case dropped," he raps on the first verse, before later calling back specifically to numerous incidents of police perpetrated violence that have made headlines in recent years:
"Choked Eric Garner out, he was sellin' cigs / Broke Freddie Gray back, yup, they sho' did / Don't know what happened to Sandra, but man, it wasn't cool / Tried to say suicide, you think we damn fools? / Shot Oscar in the back when he was handcuffed / Didn't even give Tamir time to put his hands up"
The song closes with an audio clip of an emotional video made by black police officer Nakia Jones following Sterling's death.
"We can never say that America has failed us," F.A.B. says on the song's intro. "Because America has never been set up for us to win."