Singer/songwriter, H.E.R releases a new cinematic video for her standout track, “Fight For You,” from the Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album. The video retells the story of the Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton, with scenes from the film that released earlier this year.
Born Gabriella Wilson, H.E.R. is known for her openly emotional lyrics and is no stranger for putting social activism in her music. As the Black Lives Matter movement gained prominence this past year, she released her song, “I Can’t Breathe,” which won a GRAMMY for Song of the Year. Her talent caught the attention of Shaka King, the director of Judas And The Black Messiah, and he requested her to make a song that was fit for the ending of the film. Thus the masterpiece, “Fight For You,” was created.
With a sound that is reminiscent of 60s/70s Soul, according to H.E.R, the production for Fight For You draws on the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and Sly and the Family Stone. An uptempo bassline and percussive drums create the atmosphere for H.E.R’s lyrics to seep through and inspire the listener to fight for Black freedom. Channeling the spirit of Fred Hampton, she sings,
“Mental institution causing so much confusion / Seems the only solution is a new еvolution / We can’t take it no more / No, it can’t be ignored / When they knock on your door, will you be ready for war?”
In an interview with Variety, H.E.R. recounted her thought process when writing the song.
“There’s not much that separates that time and that story from what’s going on right now with the Black Lives Matter movement in the Black community. I wanted to create a universal message that represented what is still happening today and how that connects two generations. We’re passing the torch and continuing on Hampton’s work.”
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