Atlanta rapper and singer Raury has released a new track, Fly, inspired by events in Ferguson, Missouri last year.
In August last year, an 18-year-old black teen, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson. In November, a jury decided not to indict Wilson, causing public outcry from many, including musicians like Beyoncé and Killer Mike of Run The Jewels. Raury is the latest artist to speak out about those events, releasing the reflective Fly and expanding on its inception.
The 18-year-old Raury took to social media to explain the inspiration behind the song. “I wrote fly right after hearing that Darren Wilson was not being indicted for murdering Mike Brown,” he posted to Facebook. “I wrote it instantly the words and music didn’t even feel like mine. I knew that this track belonged to the universe.
“Fly is a reset button on the revolution. Fly is an ode to the ones who were wrongfully murdered, mourning the deaths and also looking on the bright side to help us find peace in the fact that they are in a better place, they fly in heaven now.”
In a series of tweets, he also said, “I know it’s a new year but we can’t forget what happened and that they have been Killing our people, your people, my people. #Fly”.
The surprisingly uplifting ballad follows the 2014 release of his debut album, Indigo Child. It’s unknown whether or not it will feature on his next album, which he hinted to Music Feeds would be released this year. “In 2015 I definitely plan to release the best album of the year – that’s what I hope to do,” he told us.
Raury is set to touch down in Australia later this month for Laneway Festival. “Tell everyone who’s coming to my show to just really expect a slew of emotions and twists and turns throughout the set,” he said of the [email protected]
Listen: Raury- Fly