Fresh off protesting police brutality in Philadelphia yesterday, Janelle Monáe, Jidenna, and the whole Wondaland Records crew—which also includes Roman GianArthur, George 2.0, St. Beauty, and Deep Cotton—released a new protest anthem today. "Hell You Talmbout" finds the Wondaland roster calling out some of the names of the many Black men and women killed by police in recent years and includes mentions of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Sandra Bland, and more.
Monáe wrote about the song, which features a charged up drum line throughout, on Instagram. "This song is a vessel," she said. "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?"
Listen to the full song below and look out for the label's first EP, The Eephus, tomorrow.