Minneapolis-based singer and rapper Dua Saleh has shared a new track titled “body cast” in response to the “police brutality and injustice” taking place in their city. The cover art for “body cast” is a list of unarmed black people that have been killed by police in recent years.
The track opens and closes with audio clips from a 2019 video that shows a Montana woman named Angela Whitehead standing up to police who attempted to enter her home illegally. “There’s nothing going on here and you are violating my right, sweetheart,” Whitehead says. “Now, tell me that I’m f*cking wrong. You can’t. Cause I’m not wrong. You’re violating my right.” Over a Psymun-produced beat, Dua Saleh expresses their frustration with this type of injustice. “Lately I’ve had plaster on my mind/County ain’t on shit they got bodies on the line,” they sing. “Lately I’ve been analyzing time/Y’all been dodging cameras like they bullets over crime.”
“We demand justice for the family of George Floyd and countless others who have had their lives stolen by the police,” Dua Saleh wrote on Instagram. “‘body cast’ is a song I made with Psymun last year and intended to save it for a project in the future but I can’t wait that long with what is happening in Minneapolis.” Downloads of the song via Bandcamp and streaming revenue will benefit the Twins Cities justice organization Black Visions Collective.
Check out “body cast” above and stay tuned for more releases from Dua Saleh.