The artists met two years ago backstage at a sold out performance in Los Angeles where they were double-billed. Dennis, a long time fan of the veteran Washington whose first hits came out of Studio One, approached the singer about a a collaboration, and when Glen returned to California, the two linked up with Grammy Award winning producer Qmillion, and wrote and recorded the song.
The lyrics highlights the challenges of living in a system that puts the youth and minorities in general at risk to the possibility of losing their lives at the hands of law enforcement. “Teach the truth to the youth, remember Hands Up Don’t Shoot” sings Washington. The feeling of the record is peaceful, reflecting the positive hand of hope and faith in guidance and protection. The single will be officially released on iTunes and all digital outlets worldwide on May 4th.