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Here's the Song Mary J. Blige Sings in Her Hillary Clinton Interview

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Mary J. Blige performs at The Box on June 17, 2015 in New York City. 

In the new teaser of The 411 With Mary J. Blige via Apple Music, debuting Sept. 30, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul sits down with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The teaser, which debuted after the first presidential debate with Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump on Monday night, featured the R&B veteran in the interviewer's seat, asking Clinton, "A lot of people in my community think Barack Obama was blocked in Congress because he was black. How are you going to do what he wasn't able to do?"

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Another trailer shows Blige singing an emotional tune about police brutality:

If an officer stops you, promise me you'll always be polite
And that you'll never ever run away
Promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight
Is it a gun (is it a gun), is it a knife (is it a knife)
Is it a wallet (is it a wallet), this is your life (this is your life)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

While the My Life singer pours her heart into the performance as if singing a deep cut from her own catalog while sitting across from Clinton, the songstress is actually singing Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin (41 Shots)." The song was released in the wake of Amadou Diallo's murder by a police officer in February 1999. The 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea was shot at 41 times (he was struck 19 times) in his Bronx apartment by four plainclothes New York City police officers, who were acquitted of all charges in 2000, according to the New York Times. The white cops believed he was grabbing a gun though it turned out to be a wallet. 

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Scroll through headlines of the past few years, and cases of police brutality remain constant. Just this month alone, a 40-year-old unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher was killed by a white officer, who was later charged with first-degree manslaughter. Disturbing footage was recently released of the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of another unarmed, 43-year-old black man named Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by police who believed he had a gun and posed an "imminent physical threat," per The Associated Press

Springsteen's "American Skin (41 Shots)" was widely perceived as controversial upon its debut in 2000 at a June 4 show in Atlanta, the New York Times reports. Springsteen went on to perform the politically charged song at subsequent shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, which caused the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association to call for New York City officers to boycott Springsteen's shows. 

Whether watching Springsteen or Blige sing the line "You can get killed just for living in your American skin," the song's message still remains relevant.

Listen to the original version below: