In the week of recent events, he decided to release it.
The track is available on Tidal to subscribers and non-subscribers.
"[My colleague] told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, 'This issue will always be relevant.' I'm hurt that I knew his death wouldn't be the last," he wrote in a statement accompanying the song, as seen on Billboard's website. "I'm saddened and disappointed in THIS America. We should be further along. WE ARE NOT. I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man ... it's tough right now."
The song, called "Spiritual," features a sound collage of snippets of different voices, some electronically altered, and Jay Z rapping, "No, I'm not poison/No I'm not poison/Just a boy from the hood that/Got my hands in the air in despair/Don't shoot, I just wanna do good."
In another verse, the rapper makes reference to Blue Ivy, his daughter with wife Beyoncé, rapping, "I'm smack dab in a hurricane of emotions/Can't even raise my little daughter/My little Carter/We call her blue 'cause it's sad that/How can I be a dad that/I never had that/Shattered in a million pieces/Where the glass at?/I need a drink or something/I need an angelic voice to sing somethin'."