J. Period‘s “Rise Up!” is a protest-themed song featuring Black Thought of The Roots, De La Soul‘s Posdnuos, and Pharoah Monch. Featuring snippets of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy speeches, the piano laden record has a somber but uplifting vibe centering around the importance of creative solidarity during these difficult times.
J. Period told Rolling Stone: “these are turbulent times in America, with protests and marches spilling out into the streets in record numbers, and activism on the rise,” J. Period told Rolling Stone, who premiered the single. “‘Rise Up’ was born out of that same energy,” continuing that the song “aims to remind us of the higher ideals we’re fighting for when we call for justice: unity, equality, diversity, empathy.”
Additionally, Black Thought stated: “‘Rise Up’ is very necessary. Point blank,” Black Thought said of the track. “It speaks to the current political climate in this country in a way that is clear and articulate. It meant a lot for me to be able show such solidarity with a few of my fellow artists and long time collaborators. Projects like this are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the sort of creative push back that is yet to come out of such absurdly turbulent times.”
Stream “Rise Up!” below.