Ben Harper has been doing these kinds of songs since his 1994 debut album Welcome to the Cruel World
, which included "Like a King" and "How Many Miles Must We March." Radio.com
asked him if he experienced racism growing up in California. He replied: "Yeah, I've been confronted with it. There's grades of it, levels of it, and different ways in different times of my life I've responded to it differently. But it's always present, and that's a shame, it's a real shame."