This week, Janelle Monae and her Wondaland Records crew member Jidenna headed to Philly for a rally against police brutality. During the rally, they chanted “hell you talmbout?” and shouted out multiple names of the victims such as Sean Bell, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and more.
Today, Janelle Monáe, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, and George 2.0. release the song “Hell You Talmbout,” which is the official studio recording of their #BlackLivesMatter Movement-inspired chants over the rhythmic track – a commemorative and powerful rally cry.
In a statement, the Wondaland crew explain: “This song is a vessel. 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?”
Their EP, Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, is due out on Friday. Catch the collective on “The Eephus” Tour, next stop today (Aug. 13) in New York, and wraps up on Aug. 31st in Atlanta.