Janelle Monae Releases Powerful Tribute To Police Brutality Victims, 'Hell You Talmbout'
After taking part in two marches against police brutality, Janelle Monae released "Hell You Talmbout," an impactful song to pay tribute to those who fell victim to the violence.
The singer and her labelmates at Wondaland Records teamed up on the powerful chant song to accompany their efforts in leading marches in cities such as Philadelphia and New York City. As snare drums stir in the background of the track, names of victims who died due to race-related incidents -- including Michael Brown, Treyvon Martin, and Freddie Gray -- are forcefully repeated.
Monae posted an image of the song's title on Instagram when it was released Thursday (Aug. 13), which features black-and-white photos of those mentioned in the track as well as an accompanying statement about the song's meaning. "Silence is our enemy," she wrote. "Sound is our weapon."
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? - #Wondaland #HYTB @deepcotton @stbeautyband @romangianarthur @twopointoh @jidenna link in bio
Listen to the song below.