The rapper, who has also starred in movies such as Save the Last Dance, Sunset Park and Clockers, takes out his frustrations relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak out on the Snowgoons-produced record.
“Shit is real/ I’m looking at the news like, ‘What now?’/ Coronavirus got everything shut down,” Starr raps as the track begins.
He continues: “NBA shutdown/ Major League shutdown/ N***az on a plane getting tested when they touchdown/ United States travel ban/ My face covered up like the Taliban/ City on lockdown, they just turned the lights off/ N***az start coughing get sprayed with Lysol/ They better hurry with the vaccine/ Cos toilet paper got n***az acting like crack fiends.”
Listen to the full track below:
Speaking to the BBC about the song, he explained: “I knew that if I’d done this in the right way, it would grab people’s attention… especially my generation.”
The songs lyrics cover a multitude of issues affected by the outbreak, including the postponement of the Premier League season, alternatives to handshakes like using feet, The Simpsons references, and flashes of humour: “Sneeze, but don’t get snot on me/ that might lead to quarantine.”
The New York rapper expressed her concern over the current global pandemic in a video posted to Instagram last week. “I’m telling you, shit is getting real,” she said.
Days later, a producer and DJ called iMarkkeyz ripped the quote to use in a new dance track inspired by COVID-19. After being officially released last Friday (March 13), ‘Coronavirus’ crept up to Number 9 on the US iTunes Chart yesterday (March 17).