Flint’s Jon Connor addresses water crisis on new track

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Flint rapper Jon Connor addresses his city’s water crisis on his fiery new track, “Fresh Water for Flint.”

On it, Connor’s hard-hitting lyrics give a first-person perspective on the situation that has dominated the news in recent weeks.

“They wanna act like it ain’t happening, or like I’m just rapping/ Like I’m gonna watch y’all kill my city and y’all wasn’t going to get a reaction,” Connor raps.

Later he says, “for you it’s a topic on Twitter, for me this is where my momma is.”

Connor, who signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records label and moved to Los Angeles two years ago, spoke to XXL about the song, which features actress and singer Keke Palmer on the chorus. The song was posted on Connor’s SoundCloud page on Thursday.

“The song is basically about the situation going on that nobody sees,” Connor told XXL. “I lived in Flint up until two, three years ago, so being in California and seeing the way it’s being portrayed on the news, seeing the deterioration of my city, it’s all that frustration and emotion. I feel like I’m the voice of Flint, so I’m just trying to verbalize how all the natives feel.”

He said he has been in talks with Michael Moore about the possibility of holding a benefit concert for the city.

“I think we’re just trying to figure out how we can put all of our resources together for this one cause and one goal,” Connor said.