Atlanta rapper J.I.D has dropped a new song and video called “Skegee” earlier today. Set in, and inspired by Tuskegee, Alabama, the song touches on the atrocious Syphilis Experiments that took place in the Southern city in the 1930s.
Moved to pen the song amidst the current healthcare inequities that face Black communities, J.I.D masterfully weaves his words against a beat produced by longtime collaborator Christo. The song also features words from the former mayor of Tuskegee, Ronald D. Williams. A momentous release during Black History Month, “Skegee” is a poignant track that speaks to the past and present.
Co-directed by J.I.D and Michael Kelly, the accompanying visual shows him travelling across Tuskagee, AL meeting with its residents and the former mayor’s family. “Skegee” comes at the heels of his recent collaborations including a track with Masego and Rapsody for the film Judas & The Black Messiah. Stay tuned for his new project later this year.
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