Janelle Monae and her Wondaland imprint released a new version of her 2013 track, “Helm You Talmabout,” to shine a light on policy brutality in America Thursday, one day after she led a #BlackLivesMatter protest in Philadelphia.
Filled with chanting and heavy drumbeats, the track features Jidenna, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, and George 2.0 sharing the names of black men and women who have been victims of police brutality. The track mentions Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray, to name a few.
“We recorded it to channel the pain, fear and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters,” Monae wrote on Instagram. “We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue.”
Monae and Jidenna led a march against police brutality in Philadelphia on Wednesday in enforce Black Lives Matter. Photos of Monae walking through the Philly streets show the singer holding a sign that reads “Black Girl Magic.”
Listen to Monae’s powerful song:
Her new EP, The Eephus, drops Friday.