Janelle Monae Channels Righteous And Necessary Fury
    • FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    G** d***. That's about the only response I have to Janelle Monae's new single, "Hell You Talmbout." Between Kendrick Lamar's video for "Alright" and Janelle Monae's latest track, there is officially no shortage on "raging against police brutality" anthems.

    Utilizing a drum line percussion -- which I can't help but think of Tusk when I hear it -- "Hell You Talmabout" is as much a spoken word screed as it is a song. Janelle Monae and a bevy of artists on Wondaland records (including Jidenna, Deep Cotton, and St. Beauty) scream the names of the victims of police murder -- because that's what happened to Michael Brown and Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice and dozens and dozens of others in the last year -- and implore their listeners to say their names. It's intense and has left me very emotional at my desk today. You need to listen to it and understand Janelle's message.


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