H.E.R. Speaks Up On Black Lives Matter Protests Through New Track "I Can't Breathe"
Accompanying visuals remember Black people who lost their lives due to injustice.
With protests against police brutality and racism continuing for over a month since George Floyd‘s death, H.E.R. has released a new track titled “I Can’t Breathe.” Accompanied by footage from protests happening all over the world, the song delivers powerful lyrics that were initially debuted on iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert series.
Along with a smooth guitar intro, H.E.R. sings: “Starting a war, screaming “Peace” at the same time/All the corruption, injustice, the same crimes,” followed by “All of the names you refuse to remember/Was somebody’s brother, friend/Or a son to a mother that’s crying, saying/’I can’t breathe, you’re taking my life from me.”
The video shows scenes of police brutality, as well as graffiti, signs and graphics remembering the names of Black people who have lost their lives due to injustice. Halfway through, the musician delivers a two-minute-long rap: “We seek justice, we are past fear/We are fed up eating your sh*t/Because you think your so-called “Black friend”/Validates your wokeness and erases your racism/That kind of uncomfortable conversation is too hard/For your trust-fund pockets to swallow.”
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