A Jay-Z-assisted version of U2’s classic “Sunday Bloody Sunday” will be appearing on the band’s upcoming collaborations album Duals. The rapper toured with the Irish megastars last summer and performed a new, original verse to the political song.
Jay-Z has always been open to collaborate with anyone he thinks is worthy, whether they be a Hip-Hop artist or a rock act, most notably his two collaborations with Chris Martin, on his own track “Beach Chair” and a remix of the Coldplay song “Lost.” So last year when Jay-Z toured Australia with Rock and Roll megastars U2 it may have come as a surprise to sum but it really shouldn’t have. During shows on that sold out stint Jay would often hop on stage with the Irish legends to perform a brand new verse during their classic single “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
That track, released originally in 1983, was written as a commentary on “Blood Sunday” which occurred in 1972 when twenty six unarmed protesters were shot by British soldiers in the town of Derry, Ireland. Most of the victims died as a result of their wounds.
With the track’s themes of civil unrest and citizens versus armed authority it’s not surprising that this is the track that Jay-Z decided to guest on. And the collaboration was so well received that it is now being released as part of the Duals album, a record of collaborations U2 has participated in over the course of their three decade long career. The album, which also features Jay-Z guesting on another cut with Rihanna (Stranded), will not be available in stores as it is only available to subscribers of the band’s website. Go here to subscribe. Source
U2 & Jay-Z Sunday Bloody Sunday Berlin, Brandenburg Gate
U2 & Jay-Z & Rihanna – Stranded (Live Hope For Haiti 2010)
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