Those are just a few names that singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe wants you to remember. She's helping people do that with "Hell You Talmbout," a powerful track that she and the artists at her label Wondaland Records released Thursday.
The track begins with marching drums before artists including Monáe, Deep Cotton, JIdenna and George 2.0 begin saying the names of black people who have been killed by police officers.
Listen to it here:
Monáe explained the track in an Instagram post.
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? - #Wondaland #HYTB @deepcotton @stbeautyband @romangianarthur @twopointoh @jidenna link in bio
"We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue," she said.
It comes just after Monáe and Jidenna participated in a march against police brutality in Philadelphia on Wednesday, said Billboard.
"You're going to say his name and say her name," Monáe said at the rally.
You likely will too after you've heard this track.
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