It's goes without saying that it's been a hard couple of months (and, if you're Black, years) in America and it seems to just be the beginning. From the horrendous attack in Orlando to the what seems to be never-ending list of Black men killed by police officers in recent days and many more incidents, something has got to give. The strife has also awakened artists, from Miguel to Jay Z and many more, who are using their music to voice that a change has got to come. Now singer-songwriter Victoria Monét and pop star Ariana Grande add their voices to that number with Victoria's latest single, "Better Days."
The song begins over smooth, guitar-driven R&B production. But as easygoing as the track sounds, the lyrics reveal the unrest that inspired it. "Baby there's a war right outside our window / Don't you hear the people fighting for their lives?" the lyrics ask, tugging at the public consciousness as they point out that the issues aren't just on a TV screen, but right at our front doors. They then take to the chorus to express their hope for better days and peaceful resolution of our societal ills.
Expressing her feelings further, Victoria left this note with the song:
I'm heartbroken by all of the recent tragedies the came as a result of hatred, racism and injustice. Im also sad at how numb some of us are to it, because it is far too common! This is not a video game or a movie you're witnessing on your screens!This is our unfortunate REALITY! When I think about how I feel, the word confused comes to mind...So today we just want to try and help in one of the ways we know how!
“Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion…. it unifies us. We believe we can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only Light.”
To all of the lives taken pointlessly, we will not let you be forgotten. You have sparked change in this world with your angel wings. Rest In Peace.
Stay strong and know that better days are coming…
love, Victoria + Ariana
Amen, ladies. Check out Victoria and Ariana's plea for change below and be sure to grab your free download of the track.