First Listen: Trey Songz creates a song for today with "How Many Times"?

(June 5, 2020) The brutal murder of George Floyd has sparked a movement calling for justice in a police system that has allowed hate-fueled white supremacy to thrive and go unpunished for far too long. R&B lothario Trey Songz might not be the first name to come to mind when it comes to protest music. The multi-platinum artist, however, has quickly come up with a heartfelt, impactful tune speaking straightforwardly to the countless killings of black men at the hands of white cops in America.

(June 5, 2020) The brutal murder of George Floyd has sparked a movement calling for justice in a police system that has allowed hate-fueled white supremacy to thrive and go unpunished for far too long. R&B lothario Trey Songz might not be the first name to come to mind when it comes to protest music. The multi-platinum artist, however, has quickly come up with a heartfelt, impactful tune speaking straightforwardly to the countless killings of black men at the hands of white cops in America.

On “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” Songz cries out earnestly for an end to the violence and injustice. Bearing a gruffer tone than he usually employs, his phrasing speaks to the feelings of anguish and helplessness experienced as a result of systemic racism and the urgency of stopping the silence on it. “So hard to sing these words out loud/All these beautiful, precious black lives/Lost in the name of senseless white pride/Tears falling from our eyes…You talkin’ ‘bout your city on fire/Where your rage when my people die/We ain’t slaves, let my people fly/Now it’s time, watch my people rise.”

Written and produced with frequent collaborator Troy Taylor, a portion of the proceeds from the release of “How Many Times” will go to Black Lives Matter and the Community Justice Exchange’s National Bail Fund Network.   

by Justin Kantor

Trey Songz - "How Many Times"

 

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