Jazmine Sullivan Covers ‘Baltimore’ For Nina Simone Tribute Album

They say that life is doomed to repeat itself. Jazmine Sullivan’s cover of “Baltimore” by Nina Simone makes that ever more apparent.

Originally released back in 1978, “Baltimore” is all about the challenging lives Black folk faced. In the chorus, Simone sang “Oh Baltimore, ain’t it hard just to live.” This could not be more timely or apt as we watch events unfold in Baltimore after the death of 25-year-old Baltimore man Freddie Gray at the hands of law enforcement.

That mirroring is on full display in the video, splicing footage of the Baltimore Riots in 1968 which followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination with the city’s recent protests. Even more eerie are the words of Nina Simone herself, as she comments on the desperate state of living. Her words rung true then, and they ring true today.

The documentary on Nina Simone’s life “What Happened, Miss Simone” will be available on Netflix June 26, and the accompanying tribute album will feature the likes of Mary J Blige, Common, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gregory Porter, Alice Smith, Andra Day, and Nina’s daughter Lisa Simone.

Watch the video for “Baltimore” below:

What do you think about the video’s message? Does Jazmine do it justice? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Daren W. Jackson

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4 Responses

  1. Kim Peebles says:

    JAZMINE VERSION IS TIGHT, SHE ACTUALLY SURPASS NINA’S VERSION. I JUST LEARNED ABOUT THIS SONG A WEEK AGO. I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT NINA’S MUSIC EXCEPT FOR FEELIN GOOD. I WILL BE BUYING THIS NEW CD I WANT TO HER JAZMINE’S VOICE UNINTERRUPTED.

  2. Shawna says:

    Great song and tribute to the times, then and now. Glad to see the images I only heard about in the video. We will not be broken.

  3. D Jackson says:

    Agreed. Jazmine made something magical here. Honestly, her voice it just perfectly suited for reggae tracks.

  4. truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com says:

    Jazmine Sullivan is a great artist.