Kalief Browder’s name and situation has been one of the central forces behind prison reform in America. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, but he was innocent, so he maintained that through two-plus years in jail while waiting for a trail. The charges were eventually dropped, but he later committed suicide (after multiple attempts) due to the psychological trauma of his experiences.
There are plenty who want to keep is name alive and remembered though, including JAY Z, who produced a documentary about Browder’s situation, and Maino, whose new song, “The Ghost of Kalief Browder,” channels the young Bronx native’s experiences.
Listen to the powerful and emotional single below.