“Entrepreneur”; New Song By Jay-Z And Pharrell Drops On Friday

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and JAY-Z will release a new song, “Entrepreneur,” tomorrow (August 21), TIME reports. The song is part of ’s TIME cover package, titled “The New American Revolution.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Pharrell Williams attends “The Lion King” European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

It includes interviews with Tyler, the Creator, Angela Davis, and others, discussing issues similar to those addressed in the song: “In this position with no choice, the system imprisons young Black boys, distract with white noise,” Pharrell sings, in lyrics quoted by TIME. JAY-Z, meanwhile, scrutinizes the social media model: “Black Twitter, what’s that? When Jack gets paid, do you?”

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Pharrell told TIME the song stems from “how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with. Especially as someone of color, there’s a lot of systemic disadvantages and purposeful blockages. How can you get a fire started, or even the hope of an ember to start a fire, when you’re starting at disadvantages with regards to health care, education, and representation?”

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In recent weeks, Pharrell has picked up an Emmy nomination (with Chad Hugo for their work on The Black Godfather) and rallied with the governor of Virginia to make Juneteenth a public holiday. JAY-Z’s Team Roc has helped advance several lawsuits over civil rights issues.

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