Juneteenth 2020: Alicia Keys, Anderson .Paak, Wale and more drop powerful songs addressing police brutality

R&B and hip hop artists are displaying up for Juneteenth with bop after bop this 12 months. From the likes of Alicia Keys and Victoria Monet to Anderson .Paak, African-American music legends are dropping tracks, one after the opposite. 

Juneteenth, on June 19th, is a day that commemorates the emancipation of the final of the enslaved African-American folks in the US. Whereas it has been celebrated in numerous methods since its inception in 1866 following the declaration of the emancipation of all slaves within the Confederacy on June 19, 1865, in addition to the ratification of the Thirteenth Modification to the Structure of the US on December 6, 1865, which marked the official finish of slavery because it existed as much as that time in the US, Juneteenth 2020 is especially particular on account of it falling in the course of a world revolution that has seen mass protests in favor of the Black Lives Matter motion. This marks one of many largest makes an attempt at eradicating racial disparity, notably almost about incarceration and police brutality, making this Juneteenth one which sees a better sense of neighborhood than ever earlier than.

And so, with out additional ado, listed below are among the finest releases of Juneteenth 2020.

Alicia Keys: ‘Good Approach To Die’

Keys initially penned the observe following the killings of Mike Brown (who was killed by police in 2014) and Sandra Bland (who was discovered hanging in her jail cell in 2015 after police stopped her for a minor visitors violation and detained her for 3 days). Talking to Trevor Noah on the Monday evening episode of ‘The Every day Present’, Keys said, “You hear these tales, and you hear their tales in these lyrics and the devastating factor is that it is by no means not going to be related. And the place we’re proper now, on the planet and on this nation, in American notably, we’re in an actual, an actual place that we will all see that that is probably the most main pandemic of all. This deeply rooted racism, this police brutality, this remedy of black folks that’s simply fully unacceptable. To the purpose the place day by day we’re seeing lives misplaced, folks murdered for… nothing, nothing. For being black.”


For Keys, the observe embodies the eagerness of the nationwide protests. Followers are already praising the emotional ballad, stating, “This music, written about dying by police brutality within the US, is completely heartbreaking @aliciakeys does it once more. Such a shifting three minutes.” One fan said, “Good technique to die by Alicia Keys is actually so lovely,” whereas one other shared, “I really like the music and the lyrics. “An ideal technique to Die.” I’ve been ready for a music like this. 2020 has been in hell.”

Anderson .Paak: ‘Lockdown’

.Paak delivers a few of his most hard-hitting lyrics so far on this stunningly clean observe. .Paak makes direct references to all the pieces from the deaths of black folks on the hand of police and the Black Lives Matter protests to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, and he blends all these themes collectively completely effortlessly, leading to an emotional observe that has followers in tears.

Together with the observe, .Paak additionally dropped a music video for ‘Lockdown’ which has .Paak and his mates Jay Rock, Syd of The Web, SiR, Dominic Fike, and Dumbfoundead all head over to a diner after a protest the place the nurse their wounds and sing and rap about police brutality. It features a verse from Rock that is not within the authentic studio model of the observe. The video ends with the Black Lives Matter emblem, constructed out of the names of people that have misplaced their lives to police brutality, in addition to a ‘with love from’ notice that includes the signatures of varied artistes. In a post-credits scene of kinds, .Paak is seen writing ‘Lockdown’ at his piano and by accident waking his son up, following which the 2 are seen embracing as .Paak is in tears. The message of this music is crystal clear, and followers can not help however discover themselves being moved by the tune.



“Anderson Paak for the win,” tweeted one fan, one other stated, “The brand new Anderson Paak is my soul music,” and one shared, “Yeah Lockdown by Anderson .Paak is gorgeous. After watching the video I couldn’t assist however cry actually.” Followers are additionally calling .Paak a “genius,” praising the music and video for having a “powerful message.”

Wale: ‘Wow… That is Loopy’

Rapper Wale has been on a break since his 2019 album ‘Wow… That is Loopy’ and for anyone that was aching for brand spanking new music from him, he’s right here to ship: his shock EP ‘The Imperfect Storm’ dropped at present that includes six new tracks that present a surprising commentary on the present sociopolitical commentary in America, together with highlighting the BLM protests in addition to calling out white privilege and ‘fragility’ through lyrics like “So Karen in her emotions. We made Wendy’s the brand new Goal.”

Followers, who’ve been ready patiently for Wale’s return, tweeted, “@WALE!!!!! I prayed for you child,” in addition to “This new Wale is what we want proper now.” One fan shared, “Wale snappeddddd on his Imperfect Storm EP,” one other commented, “Wale with new warmth,” and one other shared, “Thanks for all the time making such lovely music at all the proper occasions, ⁦@Wale.”




The album moreover options a picture of the aftermath of a riot. Bobby Tons of, co-founder of streetwear model The Tons of tweeted, “Wale’s new album options the photograph of our retailer the evening of the Fairfax riot. The primary observe has a nod to my essay.”

Victoria Monet, Khalid, and SG Lewis: ‘Expertise’

After hinting on the music through current tweets, Monet and Khalid had been all set to drop ‘Expertise’, although the choice to launch the observe wasn’t with out debate. Monet tweeted out a press release on June 16 stating the artistes had thought-about delaying the discharge on account of the “disgusting and complicated state of the world.” Her assertion then shared they’d determined releasing ‘Expertise’ was the precise factor to do, stating music was a “type of escapism from troubling issues” and including that the music was “joyful and celebratory.” Monet additionally highlighted that June was each Black Music Month and Pleasure Month, and she felt it was essential to have fun her id as a queer individual.

The sleek, upbeat, groovy observe is ideal for the summer season, however it additionally has a deeper message of change and the will for progress, making it simply as acceptable for the occasions. The observe has already discovered followers, with one tweeting, “Victoria’s first mainstream hit coming yup yup,” one other stating, “Actually loveeeeeee this music,” one sharing, “She’s executed it once more,” and one other declaring, “My woman victoria NEVER disappoints.”


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