Listen Now: “Hell You Talmbout” Is A New American Protest Anthem

Stop what you’re doing. Press pause on whatever the hell is going on around you, and then press the play button above. Janelle Monáe and the entire roster of talent from her Wondaland Records label —  Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty and George 2.0 — have released the protest anthem the Black Lives Matter movement deserves. “Hell You Talmbout” features a get down, stomp-worthy drum beat over which the names of Black Americans killed by police, in police custody, or as the result of racial profiling, are chanted. Eric Garner, say his name. Sandra Bland, say her name. Michael Brown, say his name. Freddie Gray, Aiyana Jones, John Crawford — say their names, say their names, WON’T YOU SAY THEIR NAMES?

“This song is a vessel,” Monáe explained on Instagram. “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 above. Chills for days.