With the killing of George Floyd and protests happening around the United States, I’ve struggled to voice how I feel about what’s happening.
I make music for ads and TV. I am white, and I have a mixed bag of white and Black friends and some friends who are cops.
As someone who is silent on most issues, I had difficulty putting into words how I felt because (1) it is not in my nature to be polarizing or political (2) I am not a terrific writer and music is a better way I can articulate the feeling within my soul.
I was inspired to start making music when I was 15 years old when a friend wanted original beats to freestyle over. Since then, I have become obsessed with the art of making music. I interned at Def Jam in 2005, and 10 years ago I started working in my current career as a full-time musician. Black music is the reason I have a career today.
With all of that said, I knew I needed to put something into the world to stand with the Black community to combat the systemic racism that has existed in the United States for 400 years.
I wrote this song “Stand and Watch” with my friends Kevin McCove, Da Bookwriter, D Moet, and Ashley Grady to stand for equality for all.