With one day until Donald Trump's inauguration, 300's Rejjie Snow has dropped his most outspoken song to date. "Crooked Cops" looks at racial tension and police brutality in the U.S., where he studied at college in Georgia.
Over low-slung G-Funk production courtesy of Kendrick Lamar producer Rahki, Snow raps, "Black and white unite my rights, these crooked cops they hate my sight." Meanwhile, Bronx singer Tish Hyman delivers a powerful hook of "I think I know why they wanna shoot me down."
Speaking to The FADER over the phone, Snow explained the creation of his socially-conscious track. "Me and my producer were watching some black exploitation films and that's kind of where the initial idea came from. One of my boys had just got locked up for some things so I was just on some anti-police shit. When Rahki made the beat I had a lot of emotions. I must have written the song in 30 minutes and I guess that's why I sound different, I was feeling aggressive and angry."
Snow said he hopes "Crooked Cops" will "give people an anthem" and added that it's a taste of the more overtly-political material he's been working on ahead of his upcoming debut album Dear Annie.
Before that drops though, there will be The Moon & You, a free release featuring a collaboration with Joey Bada$$ which will arrive "ASAP," he said. "I'd say it's more of an art project, I've got like a short film to accompany it. Lots of poetry."
Snow will also play a three-week residency at New York venue Berlin on March 1, 8, and 15.