Review: Usher “I Cry”
On June 26, 2020 singer, songwriter, and performer, Usher released an introspective standalone track called I Cry.
The single has been released in the middle of a racial war in the United States, after the police killing of an unarmed black man named George Floyd. The country erupted in outrage after a white police officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. The cruel act obstructed Floyd’s airway and he died because of the horrendous crime.
Many Americans are protesting the malice of racial injustices by protesting. Even brands built on longstanding negative stereotypes about African Americans are rebranding to become more racially sensitive. However, there are still countless individuals who support racial inequality and injustices against African Americans.
Usher’s used this moment in history to reflect inwardly. I Cry is about acknowledging the utter sadness the singer feels about the state of our country while also questioning his own role in the matter.
I Cry is reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s 1988 release Man in the Mirror and Marvin Gaye’s 1971 Motown single What’s Going On. Like Marvin and Michael before him, Usher doesn’t necessary preach to his audience about what they should do to end racism, rather speaks on his personal feelings and the positive adjustments he senses he should make.
In the openly honest track, Usher, in an interrogative mood, asks:
When I look in the mirror, do I see someone who cares for others? Do I love myself more than my sisters and brothers?
His simple answer is, “I don’t know.”
Though Usher is unsure of his love for humanity as a whole, something we all may struggle with, he is sure of the pain he harbors internally for the mothers who have lost children and the children who have lost fathers due to racial crimes. This heartache is the reason he cries.
After a few lines expressing agony and the need to shed tears, the singer finally brings the song to a resolution by declaring, “I’ll fight.”
Usher makes a lyrical promise to fight for all the issues that causes his sorrow, so that the people who suffer most will understand they are not in this battle alone.
What’s wonderful about Usher’s I Cry is that it feels human. Usher knows that maybe his head is in the clouds and he can sometimes be more concerned about his own life and not the lives of others.
However, after he sorts through his emotions, the star decides that he will stand with the hurting and help them fight for victory.
Like Usher, I will not beat you over the head with resolutions. Understand though, that you can be an active force in changing the world. What will you decide?
Stream Usher’s I Cry for a good cause. The singer is donating the proceeds from the song to Local Initiatives Support Corp. which supports Black owned business and Black led community organizations.
Follow them on Instagram at @lisc_hq for more information and more ways to help directly.