Sometimes, being subtle isn’t an option.
That’s the case with Janelle Monáe’s new protest song “Hell You Talmbout.” Our favorite andriod gathered her Wondaland crew to chant the names of black Americans killed by police and others over the last several years.
Jidenna, Monáe, Roman GianArthur, George 2.0, St. Beauty, and Deep Cotton take turns chanting over a spare drumline while urging everyone listening to say their names.
Monáe shared the meaning behind the song 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
The song comes on the heels of the Jidenna and Monáe led a march in Philadelphia protesting police brutality.
Monáe and Co. aren’t satisfied with dropping the song and letting that be their statement. On Thursday, they went to Times Square in New York and led a Black Lives Matter protest in the song’s chant.
Artists taking on issues. This is what we need. Listen to the song below.