As the nation continues to grapple with the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, Minn., at the hands of police officers, Chris Brown released a soothing ballad for those in pain called “My Friend.”
“This song I released for free for anybody dealing with injustice or struggle in their lives,” he wrote in an Instagram post (July 7).
Breezy croons on the heartbroken love song, “I can’t even cry/ Anxiety at night/ Can’t make up excuses/ Gotta face the music.”
He also weighed in on the recent cases of police brutality in another clip on Instagram. “Something gotta give, it has to,” says Brown, who also posted a Daily News cover story featuring a bloodied Alton Sterling with a cop pointing a gun at him. “Sh– is f—ing annoying and it’s disrespectful. Man, we getting killed every day.” He adds, “I’m getting pissed off about this sh–, regardless of how you f—ing view me… us as a people need to start coming together.”
An uplifting Brown track called “A Lot of Love” also surfaced, where he sings on the first verse, “Feels like a burden’s on our shoulders, don’t let it get you down/ Through all the prejudice and violence, your heart still can smile/ You gotta say, ‘Ooh child, things are gonna get easier.'”
Listen to both heartfelt releases below.