Jussie Smollett Releases Rap Single Asserting His Innocence, Attacking Critics After Being Released From Jail
Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building as the jury begins deliberation during his trial on December 8, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Disgraced former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett released a single Friday proclaiming his innocence of faking a hate crime, shortly after being released from jail.

Smollett released the single, titled “Thank You, God,” on several major music streaming services. In the song, Smollett asserts his innocence regarding the faking of a hate crime in 2019, and fires back at critics who “politicized” the controversy. The song also features a chorus in which he sings “thank you, God, for showing me my enemies.” A clip of the song was released to Smollett’s Instagram account, which is run by his family, according to the account’s biography line. The caption under the clip said that proceeds from the song would go to support the Rainbow Push Coalition, STB Safety, and the Illinois Innocence Project.

The clip opens with a note from Smollett to fans. “Channeling these thoughts the best way I know how,” Smollett wrote. In the clip, Smollett asserts his innocence, and seemingly blames the criminal justice system for ignoring issues of race and homophobia:

It’s like they’re hell-bent on not solving the crime

Taking out the elements of race and trans and homophobia that’s straight taking lives

But turn around and act like I’m the one that killed the strides

He then appears to claim that those who turned his hate crime hoax into a public scandal were looking out for social media attention, and that he wasn’t “stupid enough” to kill his reputation by faking a hate crime:

But I can’t be mad

Take my ego out

Some people searching for fame

Some people chasing that clout

Just remember this

This ain’t that situation

You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?

Just simply to look like a victim like it’s something fun

Y’all better look at someone else, you got the wrong one

Smollett goes on to thank the people who stayed by his side when the controversy broke, and claims that the media narrative is the reason those around him “felt betrayed”:

Wait, let me rephrase that

Cause the narrative they played

I really “over-stand” the reason why y’all felt betrayed

Smollett also referenced film director Lee Daniels and CNN anchor Don Lemon, saying he still had good will toward them, even after both figures distanced themselves from Smollett after his alleged hate crime was outed as a hoax:

They had my own people

Thoughts going off the wall

That’s why from L.D. to Don I still got love for y’all

I know we’ll meet again

Talk like real men

Instead of sharing shade in rooms and up on CNN

Smollett ends the clip, saying that he is “pushing through the clouds,” and that all he ever wanted to was “make his people proud”:

Thunder’s mad loud

Still I’m pushing through the clouds

All I ever wanted to do was make my people proud

Fame is nothing real, it’s how you make them feel

Celebrity is for the birds, I ain’t no man of steel

The full song, nearly 6 minutes long, has fewer than 1,600 plays on YouTube as of publication of this article, and the New York Post notes less than 6,000 plays on Spotify.

Smollett was convicted on five of six counts of disorderly conduct, which included lying to police. He was sentenced in December to 150 days in jail, followed by 30 months on probation, and ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution and $25,000 in fines. He was released from jail in March, pending appeal.

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