Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in late May, tens of thousands of Americans haven taken to the streets to protests against police brutality and the killing of black and brown men and women by armed officers.
The national uprising has also inspired a number of MCs to jump in the studio and record new songs (or refashion older ones) to react and amplify the moment, as well as shine a light on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Check out nine of the most potent recent protest songs:
“The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby
Lil Baby takes on police brutality and the nationwide protests on his somber new track with the accompanying video featuring footage from the marches.
Key lyrics: “I find it crazy the police’ll shoot you and know that you dead/ But still tell you to freeze/ F—ed up, I seen what I seen/ I guess that mean hold him down if he say he can’t breathe/ It’s too many mothers that’s grieving/ They killing us for no reason/ Been going on for too long to get even/ Throw us in cages like dogs and hyenas/ I went to court and they sent me to prison/ My mama was crushed when they said I can’t leave.”
The rapper dropped a Black Lives Matter remix of his No. 1 hit “Rockstar” with references to the recent protests inspired by Floyd’s killing.
Key lyrics: “Cops wanna pull me over, embarrass me/ Abusin’ power, you never knew me thought I was arrogant/ As a juvenile, police pulled they guns like they scared of me.”
“Hella F–kin’ Trauma,” Juicy J