As protests continue across the country following the death of George Floyd, rapper Tee Grizzley has shared a new song titled “Mr. Officer” featuring Queen Naija and members of the Detroit Youth Choir.
Released on Friday (June 5), the powerful anthem sheds light on the police brutality and racial injustice Black communities face. The song takes a defiant stance against the senseless killings of black people at the hands of police officers.
In a statement, the Detroit native explained why doing the song was so important to him.
I got a million experiences I can touch on in my music, but I couldn’t make another song without speaking on what’s going on. I’m not a politician or activist but right now it’s everybody’s job to speak up because the pain, the struggle for equality and the brutality is real.Tee Grizzley
Along with the song’s release, the “No Effort” rapper donated $10,000 each to Detroit-based inner-city youth programs Victory Management Homes and the Horatio Williams Foundation.
The latter’s founder, Horatio Williams, released a statement thanking Tee Grizzley for helping propel the youth forward.
We are beyond gratuitous for this donation to the Horatio Williams Foundation. With the current state of the country, it is important we show our youth they are our future – they can do anything! This generous donation will help the foundation continue providing impactful programs propelling them towards success. These kids are our future. They are loved, they are bright, and they are worthy.Horatio Williams