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NPR logo D Smoke And SiR Debate The Imperfect Act Of Forgiveness On 'Let Go'

D Smoke And SiR Debate The Imperfect Act Of Forgiveness On 'Let Go'

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"I wrote this the day they killed George Floyd," D Smoke raps mournfully at the end of this heartrending tribute, adding, "We won't forget your story." The winner of the first season of Netflix's music competition show Rhythm + Flow, D Smoke rewires the average protest single here, working through his turbulent feelings in song alongside his brother, R&B singer-songwriter and TDE signee SiR. By positioning themselves in both a sympathetic and empathetic stance, the Inglewood artists paint a picture of what has transpired in 2020 and what might happen next if forgiveness is extended — or withheld. "The solution for this cold institution / Just to breathe, we need to let go," SiR sings serenely. D Smoke counters, saying, "Nah, bro — we done let go one too many times, my n****," before launching into an emotive verse that expounds on everything from the "crooked-ass system" to the builders of the Egyptian pyramids. The track is an exercise in the conversational volleys that happen between Black brothers and sisters in search of imperfect answers to an impossible question: How do we fix this?