According to Raw Story,Prince on Saturday released “Baltimore,” the song he recorded in response to unrest in the city over the police custody death of Freddie Gray. A statement on Prince’s Soundcloud page on Saturday said he played all the instruments on the released version of the song, which features vocals from the singer and Eryn Allen Kane. The statement said Kane, “a powerhouse vocal arranger and producer in her own right”, “graciously flew in on a moment’s notice and graced the track with her angelic presence”.
Referencing the 18-year-old who was shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, leading to similar unrest, the song’s lyrics include the lines: “Does anybody hear us pray?/ For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray/ Peace is more than the absence of war.”
Prince also sings: “Are we gonna see another bloody day?/We’re tired of cryin’ and people dyin’/ Let’s take all the guns away.”
The Rally4Peace concert is scheduled to take place at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. It will be streamed live on Tidal, the service owned by Jay Z.