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From YG to Conway: Artists Have Been Rallying to Produce George Floyd Tribute Songs

From YG to Conway: Artists Have Been Rallying to Produce George Floyd Tribute Songs

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Terrace Martin, Denzel Curry, Kamasi Washington, and more have dropped George Floyd Tribute Songs.

As citizens around the world protest the death of George Floyd and others, musicians are hitting the studio to offer their thoughts. While many marchers use protests anthems of the past, the newer generation is adding their own tributes to this chapter.

Here’s a running lists of George Floyd tributes so far. Contributors range from usual suspects like YG to newcomers like Teejayx6.

Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”

The Atlanta MC biked downtown to protest recently. Shortly afterward, he hit the booth to grapple with police brutality and the dangers of fame.

Buddy – “Black 2”

Buddy takes this time to follow up the viral track from his 2018 debut album Harlan & Alondra. 

T-Pain “Get Up”

Teddy Pain grabs a Malcolm X speech, some pyrotechnics, and makes an uptempo track fit for an on-bike protest.

Kiana Ledé – “Dear Mr. President”

Kiana Lede pens a heartfelt letter to the Commander-in-Chief, demanding answers for his views on gay marriage, reproductive rights, and more.

Conway the Machine – “Front Lines”

Griselda Records’ Conway dropped “Front Lines” a few days ago, after speaking out on Instagram over the weekend. Frequent collaborator Beat Butcha provides the beat for the emotionally-charged track. Conway recently spoke with Complex about the track, citing the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor as well as Floyd.

Terrace Martin – “PIG FEET” (Feat. Denzel Curry, Daylyt, Kamasi Washington & G. Perico)

Los Angeles multi-hyphenate Terrace Martin recruited a motley crew for his contribution. South Florida’s Denzel Curry, as well as battle rap savant Daylyt, G. Perico, and Kamasi Washington join him for “PIG FEET.” “Someone asked how do I feel,” Martin wrote in a statement. “I told them hurt, fearless, angry, aware, and fully ready to protect me, my family, & my people at all cost.”

Teejayx6 – “BLACK LIVES MATTER”

Usually Teejayx6 would offer more humorous subject matter, but this time around he teamed up with TM88 for a more serious take. [WARNING: the video contains graphic footage of Floyd’s death and police confrontations.]

Lil’ B – “I Am George Floyd”

Ever the topical MC, Lil B the Based God dropped his take on Thursday. Over a plaintive instrumental with New Orleans bounce undertones, B lists victims of police brutality over the past few years.

Eric Bellinger – “ENOUGH”

Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger contemplates the traumatizing effects of police brutality on his contribution. Before the refrain of “We’ve been through enough,” he ponders: “First they drain you mentally, threaten your identity…repetition of history, so the future ain’t no mystery, is it all a conspiracy?”

Papoose – “Tribute”

For his tribute, Papoose takes the 50 Cent – Many Men beat and remixes one of his most well-known songs. A la “Alphabetical Slaughter,” Pap lists victims of police brutality from Amadou Diallo to Zamiel Crawford.

Juelz Santana – “Justice for George”

 

 

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Last week, Juelz Santana shared his verse dedicated to Floyd via Instagram. The original track is “Celebration,” from Santana’s March 2019 project #FreeSantana. Listen to the new verse above.

Nappy Roots – “Blind Faith”

Nappy Roots’ music has always had a spiritual vibe. On “Blind Faith,” however, current events have the group’s members questioning the limitations of religion.

Ty Dolla $ign – “You See It” (Feat. Skrillex, Ant Clemons, Virtual Riot, and Nia Miranda)

Ty Dolla $ign links up with Skrillex, Ant Clemons, DJ Virtual Riot, and Nia Miranda for a soulful tribute to victims of police brutality.

Jim Jones – “The People”

Not to be outdone by fellow Dipset member Juelz, Jim Jones dropped his tribute “The People” on Wednesday. Jones urged listeners to donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund.

YG – “FTP”

YG digs into his political rap bag again for “FTP.” The Compton MC originally planned a demonstration in Los Angeles, but canceled due to safety concerns. YG says he’s partnered with Black Lives Matter to organize an event in the future.

Dre (of Cool & Dre) – “Captured on an iPhone”

Miami producer/MC Dre added his contribution on Saturday. One half of the superproducer duo Cool and Dre, on “iphone,” he expresses his sorrows for the victims whose deaths weren’t televised and thus, relatively remain low-profile cases.

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Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – “Bootlicker (Burn Baby Burn)”

Brooklyn MC Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire shared his fiery take for purchase on Bandcamp. Proceeds from the $1 download will go to The Bail Project, The project has pledged their efforts to free protesters locked up nationwide.

Meek Mill – “Otherside of America”

 

Meek Mill reports live from the “Otherside” on his new track. The track, which begins with a clip from Donald Trump’s infamous “What the hell do you have to lose?” speech, features the rapper breaking down what growing up in the trenches really looked like.

Trey Songz – “2020 Riots: How Many Times”

Trigga Trey offers a spiritually-charged response to last week’s events. “Where’s your rage when my people die,” he croons, “we ain’t slaves, let my people fly.”

Tee Grizzley – “Mr. Officer” (Feat. Queen Naija & Members of the Detroit Youth Choir)

“I got a million experiences I can touch on in my music,” Tee wrote. “But I couldn’t make another song without speaking on what’s going on. I’m not a politician or activist but right now it’s everybody’s job to speak up because the pain, the struggle for equality and the brutality is real.”

Pharoahe Monch – “Same Shit, Different Toilet” (Feat. Styles P)

“They’re burning crucifixes on my lawn again,” Queens MC Pharoahe Monch begins his tribute verse. The track features Styles P over a sinister Marco Polo beat.

Elijah Blake – “Hanging Tree” (Feat. Donald Lawrence & Co.)

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Elijah Blake stripped down and re-recorded a previously released track after seeing nationwide protests. “You guys dug this song up,” he said in a statement. “It’s finally getting a chance to heal as I intended when I originally wrote it.”

Juicy J – “Hella Fuckin Trauma”

The Three Six Mafia co-founder and riot music pioneer added his take on Sunday. “Hella Fuckin Trauma” covers ground from crisis actor conspiracy theories, reparations, and more.

Dame D.O.L.L.A. – “Blacklist”

Damian Lillard took aim at racists and quite white allies on his contribution to the cause. Oakland pianist Kev Choice provided the score.

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