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Lizzo featured with Sean Paul on new N.A.S.A. anti-brutality song

Lizzo opening for Sleater-Kinney at First Avenue (Photo by Steven Cohen for MPR)

Anyone who’s seen Lizzo perform live in recent months knows that she’s outspoken about social justice and, in particular, about the concerns over police brutality that she shares with many who have been troubled by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The Minneapolis MC has now joined with N.A.S.A. and Sean Paul for “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”: a new song and video created to raise awareness and funds around those issues.

“After seeing all of this craziness going down with police brutality over the last year, I felt like I had to do a song about it,” said N.A.S.A.’s Sam Spiegel in a statement. “One positive thing that’s come out of all of this, and something that’s inspired me quite a bit, has been seeing young people rise up and let their voices be heard.”

N.A.S.A. is an acronym for North America, South America: the respective home continents of producers Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, who started making music together in 2003. N.A.S.A.’s 2009 album The Spirit of Apollo has become a cult classic, featuring widely disparate performers ranging from KRS-One to Karen O to Ol’ Dirty Bastard to M.I.A.