A song with this title first appeared on the internet in early February 2010, but was swiftly removed due to a copyright claim by D'Angelo. We finally got to hear the war-themed tune when it appeared on the singer's 2014 Black Messiah album.
The song starts with a rallying cry sampled from the late chairman of the New Black Panther Party, Khalid Abdul Muhammad, that portrays Jesus as a "black revolutionary Messiah."
D'Angelo wrote the song with Kendra Foster of Parliament-Funkadelic, who is credited as a co-writer on eight Black Messiah tracks.
Robin Thicke and his mom, Gloria Loring are the first the first ever mother-and-son to have both tallied top 10 singles on the Hot 100 as solo artists or duos. Loring reached #2 with Carl Anderson in 1986 with "Friends and Lovers" and Thicke topped the chart in 2013 with "Blurred Lines."