Last week, Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Portland.
Now, he's continuing to speak out about racism, police brutality, and his frustrations with President Donald Trump, using powerful song lyrics to get his message across.
Dame D.O.L.L.A. dropped "Blacklist" on SoundCloud Tuesday morning in response to the nationwide riots and protests stemming from the killing of George Floyd by a white cop in Minneapolis last month.
Lillard's single mentions the killing of George Floyd, racism in our country, police brutality, the blacklisting of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and more.
Lillard starts the song with this passionate message:
As a brother with a good heart
I say f*** you if you racist
Or whites staying quiet
You disabling the changes
Listening to Lillard share his response to the social unrest in our country, his raw emotion and anger can be felt by all.
Dame D.O.L.L.A. condemns the president, calling out Donald Trump's controversial tweet and “casual” response to looting where the President stated, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," while also calling him a "trust fund baby."
How the president get on TV and be mad casual?
Like “If you looting we shooting” like it’s a game
Dude’s a clown and a trust fund baby, he numb the pain
Never had it hard, came into office unpatched the scars
Let the racist folks tell us we really ain't make it far
"Blacklist" features Oakland musician Kev Choice on the piano.
It also feature lyrics that won’t be forgotten:
We in a pandemic
Thought getting out, it'd be more joy
Then I watched the cop, knee to the neck and kill George Floyd
Dame D.O.L.L.A.’s lyrics can be read as a call to action and an actual change in the world.
As a rich black man living in this country, it’s hard being comfy
When the hate yo people get is coming from the ones amongst me
Used to call us monkeys
And slaves and we overcame
Still our work is just beginning,
protests look like parades…
I ain’t even tripping on how the season decided
Racism pandemic is years ahead of the virus
Really mean it but they going to try to play us as tyrants
Look, Ali wasn’t the greatest just cause his hands work
Frontline for his people, this was a man’s work
Before he let the black people down he let the fans hurt
So if the stars is aligned, that mean it can work
Don’t need approval, I’ve always been doing God’s work
Lillard tweeted out his newest song saying, “Let me vent.”
Now the Trail Blazers All-Star is reaching his NBA fans, music fans, and people all around the world with Lillard “venting” to invoke people’s thoughts and work towards making a change.
And f*** being famous tired of watching us complaining
Cops kill a brother get released after arraignments
You can listen to the full song here.