The new Robin Thicke single opens and closes with politically charged verses from Nas, who draws connections between the epidemic of police violence in America and the apartheid system that ruled South Africa for decades.
“The problem’s gettin’ worse, a modern 1973 Johannesburg,” Nas raps. “Man, it hurts to see a cop kill a black man, alert/ News flash, police shoot blacks, distort facts … It’s captured on cellphone video and they still let ’em go. When will they stop killin’ ’em?”
Later, Nas calls out those who sit by and do nothing – “dismissin’ got you livin’ in your own prison” – and makes a brief reference to Donald Trump’s run for President: “You don’t think it’s an emergency? A toupee wearin’ liar’s tryna run the U.S.A.” At the end of the track, Nas attempts to fuse the discussion of Thicke’s relationship quarrels with the political message: “You don’t even see what I see in you/ Next female president could even be you/ Bringin’ kids in the world that we gotta teach/ Just give me good sex and give me peace.”
“Deep” follows Thicke’s single “Back Together,” which featured Nicki Minaj and “Morning Sun,” on which Thicke gave a songwriting credit to Barry White. In an interview with Prestige last year, Thicke said his next LP will also be titled Morning Sun. “It’s about fresh starts, new beginnings and the heralding in of a new day,” he said.