Janelle Monae and Wondaland Address Police Brutality on ‘Hell You Talmbout’
It's been a year since the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the Black Live Matter Movement is stronger than ever. While artists continue to express their thoughts about police brutality through the press or on social media, Janelle Monae and her Wondaland crew share their thoughts in song instead.
"Hell You Talmbout" addresses the individuals who died due to police brutality. Starting with a trilling drumline beat followed by chanting, the upbeat tune has a very uplifting sound and even more powerful message. Going as far back as Trayvon Martin's death in 2012, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, George 2.0 and Janelle make sure to remember those who've lost their lives at the hands of police including Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.
"This song is a vessel. 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?" Janelle wrote in an Instagram post.
In addition to the song, Janelle led a march in Philadelphia on Wednesday (Aug. 12) in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“They say a question lives forever, until it gets the answer it deserves,” Monáe said (as reported by The Guardian). “Won’t you say their names? Can we say their names right now? Can we speak their names, as long as we have breath in our bodies?”
Janelle and Wondaland are currently on tour to support their new EP, The Eephus, out tomorrow (Aug. 14).
Listen to Wondaland's "Hell You Talmbout"
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