Alicia Keys’ New Protest Song: ‘Perfect Way To Die’

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Alicia Keys has released some new music this Friday and it could be said that it is the ‘Perfect Way To Die‘.

It is a heart-wrenching melody from the perspective of a mother whose son has been “gunned down”. Alicia Keys moves us to find that place in heart where this emotion chills us and comforts us right there.

The lyrics are bold as well. She sings in the chorus, “And I think of all you could have done/ At least you’ll stay forever young / I guess you picked the perfect way to die”

In a press release Alicia Keys added to the song release with these words, “The song title is so powerful and heartbreaking because WE are heartbroken by so many who have died unjustly,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Of course, there is NO perfect way to die. That phrase doesn’t even make sense. Just like it doesn’t make sense that there are so many innocent lives that should not have been taken from us due to the destructive culture of police violence. Sometimes I don’t have the words and music is the only thing that can speak. I hope this speaks to you. I hope one day this song won’t be so relevant. Let’s NEVER stop fighting for justice.”

She continues to say, “written from the point of view of the mother whose child has been murdered because of the system of racism that looks at Black life as unworthy.”

Alicia Keys sang at the beginning of the track, “Simple walk to the corner store/Mama never thought she would be getting a call from the coroner. Said her son’s been gunned down, been gunned down/Can you come now/Tears in her eyes/Can you calm down/Please ma’am can you calm down?”

By: Nupur Saraswat

Khalid, Victoria Monet Serve Up a Special “Experience”

Khalid and Victoria Monet Team Up For a Collaboration

Musicians Khalid, Victoria Monet and SG Lewis have released their new track, “Experience“, and it celebrates love and pride in the company of a slick groove. 

The track, which was announced earlier in the week, was released earlier today. In their announcement prior to the release, Khalid and Victoria Monet shared a statement about the context of the song. In an Instagram post, Monet wrote: “We wanted to honour and represent that fearless part of our people by continuing with this release through it all.” The post is situated in the current demonstrations and protests taking place in the US. 

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As the Black Lives Matter continues in full swing, “Experience”, comes as the perfect reminder to celebrate black pride, excellence and equality. The track is a slick r&b track that lends itself to a touch of bedroom pop. Khalid and Victoria Monet, unsurprisingly, compliment each other’s vocal efforts.

Monet who has been a songwriter for pop heavyweights like Normani and Ariana Grande brings fresh persective to the pop music landscape. Khalid, who hasn’t seen a dull day since the time of his breakout single, “Location”, lends his soothing vocals to this track, adding a sparkle to the bass-heavy groove. 

Fans have reacted positively, as expected, commending Monet and Khalid for their efforts.

By: Ahalya Narayanan