Trey Songz has released a new song titled “2020 Riots: How Many Times” amid the unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. The Atlantic Records singer was motivated to complete the track after being on the frontlines of a protest.
“Three or four nights ago I woke up in the middle of my sleep … I couldn’t sleep,” he said in a press release. “My chest was hurting. I got up and called my producer Troy Taylor and I said, ‘We’ve got to make music that really touches the soul that really addresses what the world is feeling right now. Especially our people.’ So we came up with ‘2020 Riots: How Many Times.'”
He added, “With the words in this song, I just wanted to speak to everyone’s hearts and acknowledge the pain and anguish everyone is going through right now. I know this ain’t usually my message and you’re not used to hearing this from me, but this is the person I’ve always been.”
Songz’s single originally premiered on DJ D-Nice’s Instagram Live. The song is now available on digital streaming platforms with a portion of the proceeds going to Black Lives Matter and the Community Justice Exchange’s National Bail Fund Network.
Stream “2020 Riot: How Many Times” above.
Hip Hop has not been silent during this crucial time in history. JAY-Z called MN Governor Walz to help get George Floyd’s case into the hands of Attorney General Keith Ellison, Russ raised over $150k for Black Lives Matter, The Weeknd donated $500k to various BLM causes, Drake donated $100k to a bail relief fund, and Killer Mike provided a powerful speech addressing Atlanta amid city wide protests. These efforts are only a few highlights among the many people who are doing what they can to help spread messaging and advance the Black Lives Matter movement.