With a surprise release to SoundCloud last week (August 20), the brand new T.I. x Skylar Grey track “New National Anthem” has been getting major blog coverage.

Check out a whole host of thoughts on the track, T.I.’s social commentary, and Ms. Grey’s note-worthy hook below!

Musical Lamentation | TIME ::
“….in the wake of the ongoing chaos sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO., rapper T.I. has released a politically charged new track.

T.I. tapped songstress Skylar Grey for the solemn hook….”

Fast-Paced Collab with Skylar Grey | Gowhere Hip Hop ::
“….he does it in a big way by enlisting Skylar Grey for an instantly gripping chorus that openly asks is this the “New National Anthem”? T.I. provides some break-neck verses describing stories and contradictions that you may have to run back again to fully digest. Intriguing listen and mix of two of my favorite artists….”

“New National Anthem” (feat. Skylar Grey) | Elite Muzik ::
“….featuring an amazing hook from Skylar Grey….”

T.I. Releases Tribute | Black American Web ::
“….T.I. and vocalist Skylar Grey collaborate on a haunting song that details the pain of racial profiling and police brutality….”

New National Anthem | Nah Right ::
“….T.I. recruits Skylar Grey for his new single “New National Anthem”….”

The Sobering “New National Anthem” | Idolator ::
“….in response to the ongoing chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, Georgia rapper T.I. has teamed up with singer-songwriter  Skylar Grey on a hard-hitting new number called “New National Anthem”.

Complete with a menacing beat and a powerhouse hook from the “I Need A Doctor” songstress….”

T.I. Releases ‘New National Anthem’ | Billboard ::
“….T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, “New National Anthem.

The rapper’s third single, which features Skylar Grey, comes at a time where there’s on-going protests occurring in Ferguson, Miss. after the killing of unarmed 18-year old, Michael Brown.

“New National Anthem” is a look into the lyrical authenticity laced throughout Tip’s ninth studio album….”

Single Stream | the AU review ::
“….Tip has decided to dive a bit deeper with this new one, scoring an infectious, sugary-toned hook from hit maker Skylar Grey and supplementing his deft, rapid-fire flow with daring social commentary….”

T.I. ft. Skylar Grey | DDotOmen ::
“….T.I. calls upon Skylar Grey to help him create a “New National Anthem”….”

“New National Anthem” Featuring Skylar Grey | The Boombox ::
“….singer Skylar Grey provides the yearning hook….

Props to T.I. for releasing a powerful song that deserves a patriotic salute….”

T.I. Feat. Skylar Grey | superbangers.com ::
“….Tip had to state his opinion with a powerful hook from Skylar Grey. This is one is called “New National Anthem” and it is a very deep/dope track with a message that you can’t pass up….”

T.I. F/ Skylar Grey | Rap-Up ::
“….T.I. shows his stars and stripes on “New National Anthem” featuring Skylar Grey. In the wake of the Mike Brown shooting, Tip speaks out on the racism and injustice in America.

Skylar provides the powerful hook….

Pledge your allegiance….”

T.I. Feat. Skylar Grey | MissInfo ::
“….Timing is everything. In the midst of protests in support of slain teenager Michael Brown, T.I. debuts a new record called “New National Anthem. A patriotic and political-driven cut, the song features a powerful hook by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Skylar Grey….”

Return of the Boom Bap | Black Vibes ::
“….features smooth but cutting vocals from vocalists Skylar Grey. T.I. digs into his cache of styles to pull out his rapid fire lyrical flow to attack racism in America….”

“New National Anthem” | MIMO ::
“….then singer Skylar Grey bursts out with, “Home of the brave and free (It’s America) / Free just to murder me (Land of the handgun).”

Well, there it is.

With her declaration still ringing in your ears, Skylar asks, “Is this the new national anthem?”….”

Listen To | Caesar Live N Loud ::
“….T.I. teams up with Skylar Grey for this gorgeous song….Grey’s hook is quite powerful….”

New National Anthem (Feat. Skylar Grey) | CantStopHipHop ::
“….T.I. teams up with the talented Skylar Grey for this catchy new single entitled New National Anthem. As the title hints, the main theme in this song is injustice and racism in America….

Based on the hook alone, the song has radio potential but, as Tip says in the very beginning, “I know radio probably ain’t gon’ play this.” Reason being is because it’s too much of a “touchy” topic….

Tip and Grey both bring their A-game on this one and it should definitely sit well with fans….”

T.I. ft. Skylar Grey | DJBooth ::
“….no, the radio is not going to touch what is a very radio-friendly-sounding record, which features frequent Eminem collaborator Skylar Grey. But the radio doesn’t need to play a record for an artist to make an impact in 2014.

Now, more than a week following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, artists with plenty to lose are standing up for what they believe is right….”

New National Anthem f. Skylar Grey | 2DopeBoyz ::
“….featuring a powerful hook from Eminem’s go-to singer Skylar Grey, T.I. delivers the “New National Anthem” in response to the civil unrest currently happening in Ferguson, MO….”

New Music | VIBE ::
“….you can always count on T.I. to say what needs to be said. On the aggressive single “New National Anthem” featuring singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, Tip blatantly speaks about the racial injustices black men face in America….”

T.I. Pens the New National Anthem | Ambrosia for Heads ::
“….accentuated by Skylar Grey’s quintessentially anthemic vocals on the hook, T.I. delivers his message to America in the form of the track, “New National Anthem”….

The irony of the chorus’ catchy, Pop sound is not lost here and is undoubtedly purposeful as it’s assuredly radio unfriendly message will still reverberate in the ears of the masses….”

T.I. | The Dope Press ::
“….in between the strong hook from songstress Skylar Grey, Tip raps about different issues including racism, police brutality, and injustice….”

New National Anthem Feat. Skylar Grey | HotNewHipHop ::
“….T.I. decides to take this opportunity to voice his opinion and premiere a brand new record called “New National Anthem”.

The track features a powerful hook from singer/songwriter Skylar Grey, while Tip addresses current issues going on in America today, including racism, injustice, and of course police brutality….it deserves your attention and a few listens to fully digest.

Give it a close listen….”

National Anthem | ModerWarNegro ::
“….Great production, Skylar killed the hook and the message was on point. Your thoughts?….”

#NewSong | BozzPop ::
“….this heavy hip hop track with topic on racism is done fantastically with the addition of some native sounds and great Skylar Grey’s delivery of the chorus. Very effective!+….”

[STREAM] | theSTASHED ::
“….featuring an assist from Grammy Award-winning songstress Skylar Grey, the Atlanta-bred rap star underscores the corrupt politics and immoral tactics that have allowed incidents like the death of Michael Brown to keep happening….”

[LISTEN] | Word on the Streetz ::
“….Grey’s hook is just as commanding has TIP’s bars….”

New Music | First Klass Breakfast ::
“….in light of the Michael Brown tragedy in Ferguson, T.I. let’s loose on an introspective cut featuring Skylar Grey….”

T.I. x Skylar Grey | Rap Radar ::
“….T.I. redirects his attention on American injustices on his new recording featuring Skylar Grey. Listen up….”

‘New National Anthem (ft. Skylar Grey) | That Grape Juice ::
“….the haunting track, which features Skylar Grey, spotlights the Hip-Hop star’s take on social injustice in America.

ATL bred T.I.P opens the song by stressing that he doesn’t think radio will play it, but he delivers a compelling cut that is certainly worth a listen….”

MUSIC | Stacks Magazine ::
“….featured on the song, Skylar Grey, adds on to the power of the song in the hook….”

[New Music Alert] | Hip Hop Extra ::
“….the song also features singer Skylar Grey, who provides a powerful hook.

“Home of the brave and the free / Free just to murder me / Land of the beautiful, cursed by the hate we throw / Is this the new national anthem?” sings Grey….”

New National Anthem (feat. Skylar Grey) | OnSMASH ::
“….with a hook from Skylar Grey, Tip ends the track asking some very important questions and tackling social issue that we often don’t hear about in songs….”

T.I. Shares ‘New National Anthem’ | MTV ::
“….the uptempo beat keeps military time while the Atlanta rapper waxes poetic about prison, crooked cops and other maladies affecting the black community….

What stands out, though, is the “Coming Home” chanteuse’s chorus, which is punctuated by Tip’s timely proclamations….”

With Skylar Grey on ‘New National Anthem’ | SPIN ::
“….it’s heavy stuff, especially when juxtaposed by Grey’s heartwrenching chorus that begins with, “Home of the brave and free / Free just to murder me.”….”

“New National Anthem” (featuring Skylar Grey) | Kempire Daily ::
“….the song will definitely hit home with a lot of people in America right now, not least because of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri recently….

Skylar Grey’s strong and haunting chorus certainly makes a big statement….”

T.I. “New National Anthem” | WhyCauseICan ::
“….T.I. releases a new song titled, “New National Anthem”, which features singer Skylar Grey to sing the hell out of the hook. If you don’t feel this song, no matter your race, or class, you truly don’t see where this country is slowing going….”

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