K-os was drawn to the word "crucify" when he heard Ella Fitzgerald sing it. While "murder" has become a rap cliché (used in both a literal and figurative sense), "crucify" has a lot more gravitas. When we spoke with k-os in 2015
, he explained: "To crucify
the verse, I mean, what more could you want? There's so many metaphors in that: to say something so powerful that you kill it, for it to rise again. Or to do something so well that it ceases to exist, but in ceasing to exist, it's immortalized. There's so many ways to look at it."
He added: "Murdered leaves me feeling hollow. Crucifixion feels like there was a purpose for the ending. It's an ending of memory. It's an ending of people's experiences, which is why human beings are so afraid of it they don't know what to do, because all we are are memories, and the idea that that's going to end scares us so much."