Black Music Month took a different turn this year, due to the protests against racial injustice, and conversations being held across the globe. We have witnessed artists from every genre drop music to shed light on the topic of “being black” in America. Today, DSHH takes a look at some of the tracks released last week.
Beyoncé – Black Parade
“I’m going back to the South, I’m going back where my roots ain’t watered down.” – Beyoncé
On Juneteenth, Beyoncé dropped her new track, “Black Parade“. She announced on Instagram that her new single “celebrates you, your voice and your joy; and will benefit Black-owned small businesses.”
“Black Parade“, talks about the abolishment of slavery and the history of Juneteenth, which took place in Beyoncé’s home state of Texas. Beyoncé not only addresses the African American experience in “Black Parade“, but she also draws attention to Africa [The Motherland] with references to the Egyptian Ankh and Osun [Nigerian Goddesses].
She also expands on her traditions like “charging crystals” in a full moon and “encouraging ghosts” to chat in her home. Beyoncé has created a directory of black-owned small businesses titled Black Parade Route, which can be found on her website.
H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe
“I can’t breathe, you’re taking my life from me. I can’t breathe, will anyone fight for me?” – H.E.R
H.E.R. recently released the video for her protest song called, “I Can’t Breathe” on Juneteenth, which has since been removed from YouTube.
She originally debuted the song during an appearance on iHeart Radio’s Living Room Concert series. “I Can’t Breathe“, was written in the wake of the senseless death of George Floyd and refers to his last words spoken.
H.E.R. described the song as being “very painful and revealing”. The video is compiled of footage from protests across the world.
Public Enemy – State of the Union (STFU)
“Our collective voices keep getting louder. The rest of the planet is on our side. But it’s not enough to talk about change.” – Chuck D
Public Enemy’s newest song, “State of the Union (STFU)“, happens to be another song that dropped on Juneteenth, which was produced by DJ Premier.
Chuck D and Flavor Flav, group members of Public Enemy, mention their distaste for Trump and the White House Administration referring to them as [Nazi Germany]. They are encouraging America to vote Trump out of office in November.
“State of the Union“, also discusses police brutality, while the video features the murder of Rayshard Brooks by an Atlanta police officer. The song is available to download on Public Enemy’s website.