Today, Janelle Monáe’s and her Wondaland Records artists are releasing their joint EP, The Eephus.
Monáe, Jidenna and the whole crew (Roman GianArthur, George 2.0, St. Beauty and Deep Cotton) have been doing more than just promoting their music this week. In Philadelphia and New York, they’ve been participating in peaceful protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. In conjunction with their efforts, they’ve released "Hell You Talmbout" last night.
The song lists the many names of black men and women who have been killed by police in recent memory, including Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
Monáe wrote on Instagram and described the song as “a vessel.” She further explained, “It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue.
Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves... Won't you say their names?”
Listen to the song here.
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