Usher Releases Powerful New Track 'I Cry': Listen

By Peyton Blakemore

June 26, 2020

Usher has released a timely and powerful new track that he hopes will inspire and bring change.

On Friday (June 26), the 41-year-old singer, who protested alongside Trey Songz earlier this month and recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about the importance of Juneteenth, released "I Cry" — a track that touches on racism, police brutality, and the mental anguish brought on by both.

"This song was inspired by wanting to teach my sons that it is ok for a man to feel emotions deeply and to cry," Usher shared on social media. "Like many men, I was raised to believe that we have to be 'tough' and not show our vulnerability, which I don’t want to teach them."

"While I was shut in during the pandemic and watching the death of George Floyd, the ongoing slaughter of Black men and women, the protests and the events that unfolded, I became very connected to the wider universal feeling of hopelessness," he continued. "Like many, I grew increasingly frustrated by how slow things have been to change. I became very depressed thinking about all the sons who have lost their fathers to police brutality, social injustice and violence; the daughters and mothers too. So I returned to this song and realized it was intended for this time, so I finished it and here it is."

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This song was inspired by wanting to teach my sons that it is ok for a man to feel emotions deeply and to cry. Like many men, I was raised to believe that we have to be “tough” and not show our vulnerability, which I don’t want to teach them. While I was shut in during the pandemic and watching the death of George Floyd, the ongoing slaughter of Black men and women, the protests and the events that unfolded, I became very connected to the wider universal feeling of hopelessness. Like many, I grew increasingly frustrated by how slow things have been to change.  I became very depressed thinking about all the sons who have lost their fathers to police brutality, social injustice and violence; the daughters and mothers too. So I returned to this song and realized it was intended for this time, so I finished it and here it is. Link in bio. I will be performing “I Cry” for the first time Saturday June 27 during @glblctzn’s #GlobalGoalUnite Concert, at 11am PT / 2pm ET on @youtube and 8pm on @nbc. My proceeds from the record will be donated to @lisc_hq in support of Black-owned small businesses and Black-led community organizations. 🎨Artwork by: My son Naviyd #icry #blm #blacklivesmatter

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Usher also announced that proceeds from "I Cry" will go toward the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a non-profit organization that supports Black and minority small business owners affected by the economic strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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