Prince estate shares new video for Baltimore on late artist’s birthday

The song dropped in 2015, responding to the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

To coincide with what would have been Prince’s 62nd birthday (7 June), the Prince estate released a new music video for Baltimore – along with a handwritten note from the late artist. Both are centred on the stance of anti-racism and anti-violence. Take a look at the music video above.

Adding on to the video, Prince’s estate also shared a handwritten note from the late musician himself over Instagram which read: “Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than intolerance [between] black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. Intolerance.”

The Instagram caption accompanying the note wrote: “Prince dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of ‘Love 4 One Another.’” The full post below.

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Baltimore was originally released in April 2015, responding to the death of Baltimore citizen Freddie Gray – who died from severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. The 25-year old’s death instigated citywide protests, which in turn inspired Prince to record the song at Paisley Park Studios.

In May 2015, Prince organised a benefit event, live-streamed through Jay-Z’s Tidal, entitled Rally 4 Peace. The program pledged a portion of its proceeds towards Baltimore-based youth charities.

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