KXNG Crooked Addresses Police Brutality With New Single “Shoot Back (Dear Officer)” Featuring Tech N9ne [Listen Now]
KXNG Crooked is fed up with police brutality running rampant throughout the country and just destroyed the booth with his new single “Shoot Back (Dear Officer).” The explosive track features Tech N9ne and will be featured on his new album Good Vs Evil which drops on November 11th. Addressing issues like the murder of 12-year old Tamir Rice by racist police in 2014 in Cleveland Ohio, some of Crooked I’s unapologetic bars include:
“To the police, what kind of beast do you have to become
To kill a child so young? He was just having some fun
Dear officer, would you shoot if that was your son?
You pull us over, now we contemplating capital one
You shoot me in my back and plant a weapon after it’s done
How much time you get for killing me? The answer is none
You ain’t from around here
So why don’t you just go back where you’re from?”
“Speaking of the track KXNG Croked stated,
“It all started when I was watching a news segment on the murders of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and all the other Black people killed by Police. I saw Tamir Rice’s mother on TV and the pain in her eyes made my blood pressure boil. No mother should lose a child like that. Then, I watched cops kill unarmed people on film and go home to their families like Black lives didn’t matter.
No charges and with paid leave. At the same time, I watched officers capture Dylan Roof alive and buy him a hamburger after he slaughtered nine Black churchgoers. I thought to myself, are we under attack as Black people to the point where I might have to shoot an officer just to survive a mere traffic stop? I thought, how crazy is it that we even have to think about in America (in 2016)?
Then I thought, how ill would it be to have a Black super-hero (that other Black children can look up to; the same way we do Marvel characters) to tackle these issues.”
Crooked I’s new album Good Vs Evil will feature collaborations with RZA, Eminem, Tech N9ne, Xzibit and producer Just Blaze. Crooked lamented on his new project, adding,
“As more and more bodies piled up from police brutality, I started paying closer attention to politics and government corruption on a whole and I could feel myself going into a dark place mentally and when I get to that place, I find light in music.
I’m the type of person who feels other people’s pain more than average. I’ve been that way my whole life. It’s a gift and a curse. With Good Vs Evil I decided to create an alternate universe where the victims of police brutality, government corruption and class discrimination fight back; but not through silent protest; through violent protest.
Sometimes you have to shake people up and shock them into paying attention. Imagine if Mike Brown, or Philando Castile survived the officers shooting them and went straight to the studio to record an album. What would they say? How wouldn’t they feel?”
While a few individuals have stepped up to carry the torch, Crooked takes things a step further with Good Vs Evil. He is not asking for sit-downs, or to clear the air, Crooked is about that action and like any true activist—he is willing to lead by example to enact swift and radical change. Good Vs Evil is KXNG Crooked answering the bell, staring into the face of oppression and striking a nerve.
“Good Vs Evil is my medication. I either made it, or made the news.”
Take a listen to “Shoot Back (Dear Officer)” now. You can also pre-order KXNG Crooked’s upcoming album Good Vs Evil here.