This year, Black Music Month takes a different turn. Because of the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and more, we at Billboard hope to uplift and empower African Americans during this cloudy and dubious time. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the remainder of the month, an artist will provide a playlist designed to remedy the heartaches endured by the Black community.
For today’s edition, Dreamville’s Cozz emphasizes the value and beauty of African Americans and why the future looks promising for the race as a whole. “Black is strong. Black is beautiful. Black lives will always matter,” he tells Billboard. “Together we can overcome any and everything and that is exactly what we will do.”
Cozz’s “Black Is Beautiful” playlist features a bevy of gems such as Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.,” Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry,” J. Cole’s “Neighbors,” and more.
Give it a listen below.