Artists have always used their talents to comment on the state of the world. George Floyd’s murder sparked a worldwide movement where people are demanding justice, calling for an end to systematic racism, and screaming BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Here are 4 Black Lives Matter protest songs you must listen to right now.
I Can’t Breathe by H.E.R.
This R&B tune by Grammy award-winning artist H.E.R. is deceptively smooth. While the music is chill, H.E.R.’s voice is filled with rage and passion. She even surprises listeners at the end of the song with a little bit of spoken poetry that speaks about the pain generations of African Americans have experienced.
The Bigger Picture by Lil Baby
In this hip-hop song, Lil Baby gets political and addresses racial tensions head-on. His viral music video, which shows him out in the community supporting the cause, has garnered more than 18 million views.
Lockdown by Anderson.Paak
Anderson. Paak combines hip-hop & R&B in this song that not only addresses police violence but also the effects of the Coronavirus lockdown.
I Can’t Breathe by Deitrick Haddon
This song by gospel singer, Deitrick Haddon, is a soulful narrative of what happened to George Floyd the day he was killed by police. Although it’s technically not a gospel song, it definitely has a spiritual vibe.