When the dashboard-camera recording from Officer Michael T. Slager’s car was released on Thursday, the world got a glimpse into what happened in the moments before Slager shot 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran away from police. We also got a glimpse inside the patrol car, which happened to be playing Everlast‘s 1998 hit “What It’s Like” at the time.
This wouldn’t be notable, except the lyrics of the song seem to speak directly to the situation, with lines like: “God forbid, you ever had to wake up to hear the news/ ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose.”
Everlast himself (real name: Erik Schrody) has been asked to talk about his song being connected to this tragic situation, but in a statement posted to Facebook late Friday night (April 10), he said he’d rather focus on Scott and his family’s loss.
“I’m being asked a lot to comment on the dash cam recording of the Walter Scott shooting,” he wrote. “All I really have to say regarding it is that my heart goes out to the family of the victim and to interject my opinions any further would seem self serving and rather opportunistic. What song was playing isn’t even important it’s just ironic a song about empathy and compassion is the soundtrack to this awful action.”
“What It’s Like” was the lead single from Everlast’s sophomore solo album, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues. The song peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Alternative Songs chart.
While Friday’s Facebook post is Everlast’s first direct response to the shooting, he did post this telling video to Twitter late Thursday night, the day the dash-cam video was released:
Watch the dash-cam video from CNN below:
— Mr. Whitefolks (@OGEverlast) April 10, 2015