Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello tackles police brutality in 'Stand Up'
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello is addressing police brutality and systemic racism alongside The Bloody Beetroots, Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds, and black transgender artist and activist, Shea Diamond, on “Stand Up.” Lyrically, the collaboration does not shy from either topic. Reynolds can be heard singing,
“When I call the police will they just kill me? Will they just kill you?When I call the police will they just protect me cause I’m white skinned too?”
At the bridge, Diamond verbalizes,
“If you walked a mile in my shoes. You’d probably take ’em off wouldn’t you? If you had to live in my truth. You’d probably tell a lie wouldn’t you?”
Proceeds from streams and sales of the song will benefit The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Know Your Rights Camp, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Stand Up” is Morello’s first fresh material since his assistance on Vic Mensa‘s 2019 LP, 93PUNX.
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