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Listen: The-Dream’s timely new song “Black”

on April 29, 2014, 11:01pm

On the day that Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA for his derogatory comments, The-Dream has released a new song tackling racism in America. Of course, it’s hard to believe the super-producer threw “Black” together in the few hours since Sterling’s banishment. In fact, the song’s lyric video makes it clear that it’s been brewing inside Terius Nash for some time, and it’s not simply about race.

“[My mother] said ‘never be impressed with a man with no message,'” The-Dream sings as pictures of Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, and Joseph Kony flash across the screen; and while the chorus repeats “I’m feeling real black right now,” you see imagery associated with gay rights, women’s rights, and political oppression. As the title card at the end paraphrases Kanye West, “Classism is the New Racism.” Listen and watch below.

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