Artists Are Bringing Their #BlackLivesMatter Protests to Their Music

Artists Are Bringing Their #BlackLivesMatter Protests to Their Music

New socially conscious music from the likes of Jay Z, Miguel, Swizz Beatz and more.

Published July 8, 2016

“I made this song awhile ago, I never got to finish it,” Jay Z writes in a message released alongside his latest track, “Spiritual.”

Punch (TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘this issue will always be relevant.’ I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last……” Hov continued. “I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America — we should be further along.”

The mogul is joined by a countless number of artists coming forward to speak out in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the wake of a week that was especially trying. This week, where police brutality, peaceful protests turned violent and injustice weighed heavy on our hearts, recording artists are turning to their music to help further spread messages of solidarity while also trying to process the fact that these tragic events are still continuously happening and what can be done.

Jay Z is joined by the likes of Chris BrownSwizz BeatzMiguelSlim ThugMike DeanYG and more who are injecting their music with socially conscious messages of hope, faith, anger, frustration and love.


Check out some of the new songs soundtracking this difficult week below.


Written by KC Orcutt

(Photos from left: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for TIDAL, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella, Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Canon)


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