Solange Debuts “Rise,” A New Song About Baltimore And Ferguson

Many moons have passed since we got new music from Solange, so this smooth, blissed-out jam, “Rise,” is a nice breath of fresh air. She debuted it during a surprise performance in LA earlier this week, though only a short clip is available. It sounds like vintage Solange — a nice combo of her Hadley Street Angels phase plus her newer work — and it’s a bona fide jam that slinks.  Like Prince’s new song, “Baltimore”, it plays tribute to the lives lost at the hands of unnecessary police brutality, and will hopefully appear on her new album, whenever that drops. If this is the direction that protest music is moving towards, I’m all for it. [h/t RapUp]