Nasty C and T.I Address Police Brutality Against Black People in New Single ‘They Don’t’

Stream Nasty C and T.I.'s new song 'They Don't.'

It's finally here. Since January of 2019, it's been public knowledge that Nasty C and T.I. had some work in the pipeline. Titled "They Don't," the song by the two rappers addresses the ongoing police brutality that has for years been specifically targeted at black people.


Nasty C handles the song's melodic hook, singing:

"I can only imagine the pain and the grief/from the innocent mothers with all the shit they had to see/ when you lose the ones you love to the fuckin' police /it cuts deep."

The Durban-born rapper makes a lot of references to God in his verse, mentioning he can only pray for things to get better. He raps:

"When you lose the ones you love to the fuckin' police, it cuts deep/ When Heaven calls and the angels do they job/ We start to question God like we could play His part"

In his verse, T.I. talks about the current protests that have erupted from the killing of George Floyd. He raps:

"2020, guess it's the year of the burn, consequences you earned/ To build this nation that you hate me in, the karma's returned/ Well, that's a stupid question, when will you learn?/ You never will, word to George Floyd, Emmett Till, and Sean Bell/ Guess they'd rather see us all in civil unrest/ Than to go and make some fuckin' arrests, fuck is that?"

"They Don't" is a great moment for hip-hop, especially in South Africa. Nasty C has expressed many times that T.I. is one of his biggest inspirations as a rapper as he was one of the first hip-hop artists he listened to and who inspired him to pen his own raps.

Stream "They Don't" on Apple Music and Spotify.



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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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