Tiara Thomas vs. Janelle Monae & Wondaland – The Boombox Battle
Tiara Thomas is staying strong at the top with another win in The Boombox Battle. With 56.5 percent of the fan vote, Tiara edged past Tory Lanez and his song, "Say It" winning the competition in last week's battle.
The singer's new track “Mary Jane” finds her showing lots of love for the sticky green. The smoker’s celebratory ode has a relaxing, sultry vibe paired with a reggae-tinged beat. This will mellow you out as much as the grass can. Off her new EP, Up in Smoke, Tiara sings throughout the tune but also breaks it down with a rap verse midway through.
“What a shame, what a shame, what a shame / I been turned out by Mary Jane / Hell of a name, hell of a name / And not a damn thing gonna change / She put me in strong choke hold / She a feisty one / Call her in shape but she ain’t quite the Nike one / Had a long day when I get home / You know I might need some / You know I don’t give no f— / I just say, ‘Light me one,” she sings.
This week, Tiara will be going against some heavyweights: Janelle Monae and Wondaland. Their latest single, "Hell You Talmbout," has been gaining lots of praise for its catchy beat and inspiring message. With a steady rhythm perfect for marching, the song remembers those who’ve lost their lives at the hands of police including Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.
"Walter Scott, say his name / Walter Scott, say his name / Walter Scott, say his name / Walter Scott, won't you say his name," Jidenna belts out over the driving rhythm.
"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.
Are you feeling Tiara Thomas' mellow groove or Janelle Monae and Wondaland's black lives matter anthem "Hell You Talmbout"? It's time for you to decide. Vote for your favorite song in the poll below. Remember, you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Tues., Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. ET.
Listen to Tiara Thomas' "Mary Jane"
Listen to Janelle Monae & Wondaland's "Hell You Talmbout"
Rules of The Boombox Battle
Two artists and their respective songs compete against each other each week. The triumphant artist goes on to compete in the next The Boombox Battle. If an artist wins The Boombox Battle four times consecutively, their song will be honored in The Boombox Battle Hall of Fame.