On Wednesday, Janelle Monáe and members of her Wondaland Records label/collective led a march through Philadelphia, protesting against police brutality directed at black Americans. Jidenna, part of the march, tweeted:

Yesterday, they released a protest song called 'Hell You Talmbout'. Featuring Janelle Monáe and Jidenna, as well as Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, and George 2.0, each member takes turns in chanting, shouting till they are hoarse, the names of those who have been killed at the hands of police, or whilst in police custody, or, like Emmett Till, brutally murdered and failed by a white-dominated justice system. They ensure that these names, names including Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, are not forgotten.

The song, complete with rolling snare drums in a march rhythm and what sounds like a huge choir of voices singing the hook, came with a statement:

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?