Usher doesn’t mind getting the party started; but today he stepped off the dance floor and onto the podium alongside Nas and BBHMM co-writer Bibi Bourelly to demand a revolution on his new single “Chains.”
“Chains” is an extended metaphor for the social injustices that shackle black and brown people here in America. “Tired of running,” each artist cries out for action in the name of Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell and the many other victims of police brutality.
Usher and Bourelly’s soul wrenching harmonies elicit anguish, distress and frustration as they sing of the irony that is “America the great.” Nas revisits the passion we heard in “If I Ruled the World” and “I Know I Can,” and even refers to himself as the modern Sugar Ray Robinson, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois who demands systematic reformation.
However, the ache of “Chains” didn’t stop at the lyrics, the visual also premiered on Tidal today with a purpose to make you very uncomfortable. With this release, non-Tidal subscribers have access into a modern holocaust museum to view countless unarmed police slain victims and their stories. The exclusive access only comes with one condition; you cant look away from the screen.
Proceeds from “Chains” will be donated to a Donor Advised Fund managed by Sankofa.org, a social justice organization.
Click here to experience “Chains,” and let us know what you think of the project in the comment section below!
Watch Usher “tell it all,” right here in our Sway in the Morning Studio.