Alicia Keys has always been a huge advocate for social justice issues. She has continued to use her platform to speak out about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd. The former ‘Voice’ coach just released her new song “Perfect Way To Die,” an emotional ballad that discusses these issues from the perspective of a mother that has lost their child due to racism.
Former ‘Voice’ Coach Alicia Keys Sings About Racism In “Perfect Way To Die”
The singer posted on Instagram a snippet of the song with a long heartfelt caption. She said that she has felt like music has been calling her more than ever before. “The song title is so powerful and heartbreaking because WE are heartbroken by so many who have died unjustly,” she wrote. The caption continues on to explain the meaning of the title further saying “Of course, there is NO perfect way to die. That phrase doesn’t even make sense. Just like it doesn’t make sense that there are so many innocent lives that should not have been taken from us due to the destructive culture of police violence.” For her, the song is a way of fighting for justice and using her music as a tool to educate people and advocate for change.
“Perfect Way To Die” is written to show what a mother goes through after losing her child to racism and police brutality. The lyrics of the song are extremely powerful and set the scene “Simple walk to the corner store/Mama never thought she would be/Getting a call from the coroner,” she sings right away. The verse continues with “Said her sons been gunned down/Been gunned down.” This is a reference to black people such as Michael Brown or Sandra Bland that were killed at the hands of police fueling the Black Lives Matter movement that keys sings about in “Perfect Way To Die.” Today she joins The Voice coach John Legend as two of the many artists that have released music today to honor Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. She will also be participating in a Verzuz battle with Legend later on today.
She Appeared On Trevor Noah’s Show To Discuss Racial Injustice
Keys just made a remote appearance on The Daily Social Distancing Show With Trevor Noah where they both spoke very candidly about the issue of racism in America. “This deeply rooted racism, this police brutality, this treatment of Black people that is just completely unacceptable. To the point where daily we’re seeing lives lost, people murdered for nothing, nothing — for being Black,” Keys said. Noah praised her for her activism and mobilizing her resources to spark hopefulness to see a positive change in society.
She further spoke about “Perfect Way To Die” and how the lyrics really do tell the stories of Bland and Brown in such a heartbreaking way. “It’s never not going to be relevant,” she said of the subject matter of the song. Keys said that the protests and the rallies across the globe after Floyd’s death speak volumes about the outrage that people have felt about the issue of racism.
She also participated in a video demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman that was killed when police raided her apartment while she was asleep in March.
The officers involved in Taylor’s death were neither arrested nor charged for her murder and Keys has been a prominent voice in leading the petition and protest efforts to seek justice.