Alicia Keys’ New Single ‘Perfect Way To Die’ Is Music That Allows Us to Reflect on Injustice

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June 19, 2020
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Alicia Keys has released a new song about the innocent Black lives that have been taken due to police violence. “Perfect Way To Die,” lyrically depicts a story about a mother who is mourning after her son has been shot to death.

In her Instagram post about the new single, Keys makes it abundantly clear that music has been her tool to try and understand the tragedies and blatant racism that has plagued Black Americans for far too long.

“I have felt called by music like I never have before. I have been following its lead,” Alicia explains. The singer and songwriter continues, “the song title is so powerful and heartbreaking because WE are heartbroken by so many who have died unjustly.”

Keys’ self-titled album, ALICIA, was initially set to release in March, however, the artist has postponed the launch of the new LP. Instead, Alicia is sharing music that is meant to meet the moment and respond to issues that we are collectively experiencing now.

In her explanation of the new single, the “Girl on Fire” singer concludes by sharing, “…there are so many innocent lives that should not have been taken from us due to the destructive culture of police violence. Sometimes I don’t have the words and music is the only thing that can speak. I hope this speaks to you. I hope one day this song won’t be so relevant.”

Finally, Alicia calls us all to action and demands that why stand up for what’s right and says, “Let’s NEVER stop fighting for justice.”

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