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R&B crooner The-Dream put his usual love tracks to the side for the video release of “Black”, a mellow, darker song about race and inequality in the United States.

At one point the singer even references the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X’s legacy, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela and Marvin Gaye, singing:

And I’ll never be Mr. Madiba

I’m gonna thank you the next time I see you

You got me feeling real black right now

Real black right now

The oppression of a young Malcolm

The shots rang out across the balcony

The day we lost a dream

Too young to sing Marvin Gaye’s “Whats going on”

Since then ain’t been a lot going on

Enough pain can a make a whole race bitter

They say the right amount of love can heal us

Reminiscing back when Hilfiger made us feel like nig**s

What do you think about the video and song? Should he do more music like this?

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