JONATHAN LANDRUM, Jr., Writer for AP Entertainment
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several artists, including Bun B, Lupe Fiasco, 6LACK and Britney Spencer, have recorded songs in honor of June 10 for Apple Music.
Artists from a variety of genres have composed new tracks, while others have recorded covers for the second annual Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs playlist, which launches Friday on the streaming platform. The playlist comes out more than a week before the annual holiday, also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, which celebrates when the last enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom on June 19th.
“Music is the bond that connects our black experiences in the US and around the world,” said Ebro Darden, global head of hip-hop and R&B at Apple Music. “The opportunity to create covers and original music with artists from all musical genres is the perfect way to continue to celebrate the black experience and continue our work together for true freedom.”
The 16-song playlist also features reggae dancehall singer Cranium, gospel singer Corinne Hawthorne and Latin American rapper Eladio Carrion.
Fiasco said he would like to take a different approach when creating the original song “Galveston” for the playlist.
“I try to create things that evoke emotion and utility so that people not only feel them, but also can do something with them,” said the Grammy-winning rapper. “Music may not bring many benefits, but it all comes down to education and learning. Galveston is to take June 10, which is usually a celebration of a very specific set of events – the emancipation of blacks from slavery – and approach it from a different perspective.”
Bun B performs the original track “This is What We Do (June 19)” featuring Jack Freeman, while Spencer wrote her own song “More Than Perfect”. 6LACK covers Mos Def classic “Umi Says”, Hawthorne covers Smokie Norful’s “I Need You Now”, Kranium performs Dennis Brown’s “Revolution”, SEB performs Chance the Rapper’s “Paranoia”, and Alex Isley covers song “We Are One”. by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
“I’m a daughter, I’m a mother, I’m a friend,” said Isley, daughter of Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers. “So just practice gratitude. I think that’s a big part of Juneteenth: gratitude and celebration of who we are and pride in it, and the beauty and richness of our culture and our strength.”
Other artists on the Cautious Clay playlist include Damien Sneed, Denzel Curry, Elena Pinderhughes, Jlin, Moliy and WSTRN.
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