This week’s download comes from Haviah Mighty and her upcoming mixtape “Stock Exchange.” You have seven days to download the song “Protest” featuring Yizzy.
From the press release:
Haviah Mighty today shares her powerful new single, “Protest,” featuring UK grime rapper, Yizzy. Haviah and Yizzy go beyond borders, taking to their own streets to speak truth into a song and video directed by Kit Weyman & Chrris Lowe in collaboration with Director X-led Fela production (who have made videos for Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia, Jay Z and more). The track also serves to announce Haviah’s much anticipated new mixtape, Stock Exchange, coming out fall 2021.
Produced by Young Dreadz, Haviah Mighty’s “Protest” is a visceral recall of the feelings of guilt and stress that many marginalized individuals carry with them daily due to centuries of suffering, heaviness, pain and bloodshed at the hands of law enforcement. The production blends slow, sad, ethereal piano chords with aggressive 808s and a drill-infused percussive groove, following a pace that rises like a heartbeat with tension.
Says Haviah,“This song is my protest – a reminder that regardless of all the conversations, the chatter, the media, the justices and injustices – this feeling and fear we walk with, is as present as ever. After all these years, encountering the police as a marginalized person still triggers pure fear. These feelings within the production – the intensity and depth of the chords, the stress and tension of the pacing – it all mirrors the feelings of paranoia, fear, control, and our innate will to survive when encountering law enforcement. Having UK-based artist, Yizzy, bless this record brings it full circle. From a light skin male’s perspective from somewhere else on the globe, our experiences still mirror one another, a further testament to the eerie similarities of trauma among Black folks.”
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