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Listen to 6LACK Cover Yasiin Bey’s Classic “Umi Says”

As part of the second annual “Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs,” 6LACK covers the 1999 Yasiin Bey classic “Umi Says” from Black on Both Sides.

6LACK brings a late-’90s classic to Apple Music’s second annual “Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs.” For the playlist which through covers and original music, the Atlanta vocalist performs “Umi Says” from Yasiin Bey’s 1999 debut album Black on Both Sides.

The 16-track “Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs” comes just a week before the federal holiday known also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, which marks the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans, first celebrated in Texas on June 19th, 1865.

“Music is the tie that binds our Black experience in the U.S. and the world,” said Ebro Darden, global head of hip-hop and R&B at Apple Music. “Being able to create covers and original music with artists from all genres of music is the perfect way to continue to celebrate the Black experience and continue our collective work for true freedom.”

The playlist also features Lupe Fiasco, Bun B, Denzel Curry, Brittney Spencer and others.

In 2018, 6LACK last released his sophomore album East Atlanta Lover Letter , which featured Offset, Future, J. Cole and Khalid. As an appetizer for his third album, the vocalist delivered 2020 EP 6pc Hot EP with a collaboration from Lil Baby on track “Know My Rights.” 6LACK is next set to perform in Washington D.C. next week during Something in the Water Festival, with performances from Pharrell Williams, Tyler, the Creator, Chloe x Halle, Justin Timberlake, SZA, Lucky Daye, Calvin Harris and others.

Listen to “Juneteeth 2022: Freedom Songs” below.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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