Anderson .Paak dropped his initial protest anthem “Lockdown” back on Juneteenth featuring a music video that paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement as well as those unjustly killed like Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Trayvon Martin and so many more. For the “Lockdown” Remix, the GRAMMY Award-winner has tapped friends J.I.D., Noname and Jay Rock to give their thoughts to the current moment.
The original video featured Anderson’s friends and collaborators like SiR, Dominic Fike, Syd, Dumbfounded and Andra Day and cut from the music so that Jay Rock could deliver a spoken-word verse. The Top Dawg Entertainment expands on those thoughts here. “Turn on your tube, dawg, look how they do us/ Knee on our necks, bullets in backs,” he opens.
J.I.D. confronts Karens. “Have you had your coffee this evening, Karen?/ ‘Cause you seem a little off/ All the black girls missin’ and endin’ up inside the coffins/ But you mad when they hashtag “BlackLivesMatter” on front your sidewalks.”
“We seen ‘em murder the indigenous, the Passage Middle/ The Constitution, a life for a bag of Skittles?/ So when we bleed, I load the sacred pistol/ And if you need, I’ll read Assata with you,” Noname raps referencing the death of Trayvon Martin and Black Liberation Army activist Assata Shakur.
Stream “Lockdown” Remix’s single bundle below and in more music updates, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion teamed up for their new collaborative effort “WAP.”