Famed producer J. Period has teamed up with the Roots’ Black Thought, De La Soul’s Posdnuos and Pharoahe Monch to create “Rise Up!,” a new song inspired by political activism and protest that is going on across the country.
Giving the exclusive to Rolling Stone, the anthem features Joss Stone and also includes excerpts of speeches from Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy.
- Period credits his inspiration for a protest piece was inspired by his time creating music for The Hamilton Mixtape:
“I felt that if we could create compelling music around these issues, we might help light a similar fire in listeners. These are turbulent times in America, with protests and marches spilling out into the streets in record numbers, and activism on the rise. ‘Rise Up’ was born out of that same energy. The song aims to remind us of the higher ideals we’re fighting for when we call for justice: unity, equality, diversity, empathy.”
He also adds that this isn’t a direct political punch at the Trump Era, promising that the song had been in the works before Donald Trump “won” the election.
Take a listen to the anthem below.