Jussie Smollett has solely been out of jail for a few weeks, however he’s losing no time making an attempt to reclaim his character. On Friday, the Empire actor shared a brand new single known as “Thank You God,” a shiny R&B quantity that references the December courtroom case that discovered him responsible of staging a hate crime and mendacity about it to Chicago police.
Dedicating the tune to “the individuals who saved it actual,” Smollett mentioned he’s donating all earnings from “Thank You God” to social justice organizations Rainbow Push Coalition, Safe the Bag Security, and Illinois Innocence Mission. The observe’s lyrics definitely don’t shrink back from alluding to his 2019 arrest, the place he filed a faux police report after orchestrating a racist and homophobic assault towards himself.
“It’s like they’re hell-bent on not fixing the crime/ Taking out the weather of race and trans and homophobia that’s straight taking lives/ However flip round and act like I’m the one which killed the strides,” he murmurs in a verse. Later, he continues: “I can’t be mad/ Take my ego out/ Some individuals looking for fame / Some individuals chasing that clout / Simply bear in mind this, this ain’t that scenario / You suppose I’m silly sufficient to kill my status?”
Although Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail and 30 months probation on March tenth, an appellate courtroom agreed to place it on maintain, permitting him to be launched on bond only a few days later. And since he’s been booted off the Empire solid, Smollett may have extra time to deal with making music — for higher or for worse. Hearken to “Thank You God” under.
In case you want the refresher: Again in January 2019, Smollett advised Chicago police that two white males in ski masks approached him on the road, attacked him with a rope and bleach, and hollered racist and homophobic slurs at him. After investigating the incident as a hate crime, police recognized the boys in query as Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who had appeared as extras on Empire. The Osundairos admitted that Smollett paid them $3,500 to hold out the feigned assault as a publicity stunt, which prosecutors corroborated.