Janelle Monáe and Co. Perform Protest Anthem ‘Hell You Talmbout’ on ‘Today,’ Get Cut Off

By Sameer Rao Aug 14, 2015

Janelle Monáe and the artists signed to her Wondaland imprint are quickly ascending to the front of the contemporary R&B vanguard with their classic-meets-futurism sound and passion for activism. Hot on the heels of her and Jidenna leading an anti-police brutality protest in Philadelphia, she and her fellow Wondaland artists have just released the most passionate protest song of the Black Lives Matter era to date. 

"Hell You Talmbout" is propelled by drumline-style percussion and verses where Monae, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur and other Wondaland artists shout "Say her name!" and "Say his hame!" in succession as they list the many black men and women murdered by police in the last year. The song premiered at Monae’s Philadelphia performance Wednesday night (soon after they led the aforementioned protest).

So perhaps it’s no surprise that after they performed the song on NBC’s "Today," Monáe’s statements at the end of the song were cut off by an anchor and a camera pan: 

Monáe, ironically, was cut off right as she said "we will not be silenced." In any case, expect this rousing song to make an appearance at protests going forth. 

(H/t Huffington Post)