Janelle Monáe: Hell You Talmbout
on 13 August 2015
Janelle Monáe—a day after leading a Black Lives Matter march in Philadelphia—has released a new version of "Hell You Talmbout"—a bonus track from her most recent album The Electric Lady. A heartbreaking and powerful protest song, it is six minutes of military-style tattoo percussion with chants of "Say his/her name!" as the performers list victims of police brutality. Monáe—along with Deep Cotton, George 2.0, St Beauty, Jidenna and Roman GianArthur—passionately shout names including Sandra Bland, Philip White, Trayvon Martin and others, so we don't ever forget.