In light of the recent tragic events in Baltimore, Maryland, Prince and R&B/Soul singer-songwriter Lyfe Jennings penned records to raise awareness about the unrest. Jennings wrote and composed “Baltimore” after a planned excursion to the city got canceled, due to ongoing riots and protests in response to the questionable death of Freddie Gray who died on April 19th from injuries sustained while in police custody. Jennings wrote the track to show support of the city and those who were affected. He performed the song on News Channel 8 “Let’s Talk Live” show in Arlington, VA on Friday, May 1. “Remember hurt people wanna hurt people/church people are sometimes the worst people/and cursed people are always the first people/you gotta know your worth people…,” Jennings sings. Jennings is calling for all entertainers who have a voice to use it, according to a press release that ended with the hashtags #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter #ProLyfe. Jennings’ highly anticipated sixth studio album, “Tree Of Lyfe,” is set to be released on June 23rd via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment. “The Tree Of Lyfe album represents growth, expression, human connection and support,” says Lyfe Jennings. “I’ve always felt people are the tree of life and not success or materialistic things.” In addition to Jennings, music icon Prince also penned a record in support of Baltimore. The song addresses the police slayings of black men and also serves as a tribute to the residents of Baltimore, a publicist told Billboard. He was nice enough to share the artwork that is to accompany the forthcoming single, which was recorded this past week at Paisley Park studios near Minneapolis. A release date for the record has not yet been announced.
Watch the video to Lyfe Jennings’ song “Baltimore” here https://youtu.be/W5ZLKeOBfe8
by Farren Washington