Young Thug Pays Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. With New Song “MLK”

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Young Thug decided  to honour Martin Luther King Jr. day by dropping a new track named after and inspired by the civil rights icon. “MLK”  produced by Wheezy and features Thugger’s fellow Atlanta rappers Shad da God and Trouble. The song’s artwork features a famous photo of King following the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, but photoshopped so that he’s giving the middle finger instead of a peace sign.

On the song’s chorus, Young Thug references his own success as an example of King’s vision for black Americans:

I was havin’ a dream
I was whippin’ a Rolls Royce
And I bought everything that I want
Turned to Martin Luther King overnight

The first verse finds Thugger referencing police brutality issues:

I pray to God I die in my sleep
I pray my deaf brother don’t run into the police
‘Cause you tellin’ him to put his hands up, he can’t hear
Ain’t goin’ for deceased
These rookie police need to get trained, even in their sleep

He also calls back to King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech:

My dream just started workin’
Come ride with me and it’ll be gifts and curses

King gave his career-defining speech in 1967 during the March on Washington, calling for economic and social justice for black Americans:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.