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Janelle Monae & Wondaland: ‘Hell You Talmbout’

Janelle Monae and her Wondaland crew just dropped the most emotional and thought-provoking record addressing police brutality and Black life.

“Hell You Talmbout” reigns with heart-wrenching alarm, ensuring that no one forgets the names, faces and cases of those gone too soon at the hands of law enforcement.

With a chanting rhythm, the music unifies in a chilling manner. Through chords, anger and frustration is felt. The repetition pokes at your core as the artists, one-by-one, shout out the names of Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Walter Scott, Aiyana Jones and more, followed by “Say Her Name” and “Say His Name.”

The Wondaland roster powerfully harmonizes, “Hell You Talmbout.” As the intensity builds, you can hear desperation weighing on vocal delivery and wanting to release tears, but holding back to push forth in strength.

This is needed.