The Undefeated has announced the track list and release date for Music for the Movement/Black History Always, a tribute to the good and bad of Black culture.
The EP is the second volume of a ongoing project by The Undefeated and will drop on the 26th. It is ESPN’s content initiative that explores the connections to sports, race, and culture. Music for the Movement/Black History Always is a unique collaboration with various artists for February.
Volume II looks at the realities of Black America’s continued struggles, while also celebrating beauty and offering messages of hope. The project is the follow up to I Can’t Breathe/Music For the Movement, released last fall.
The project is a mix of reimagined, historically significant songs. As well as original tracks and spoken word pieces. Made by and for Black America with contemporary artists, it celebrates the black culture in music and art.
Music For The Movement/ Black History Always Track List
The first single released before the drop is Tobe Nwigwe’s version of Melvin & The Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody”.
The song explores society’s shortcomings and ask us to fight for a brighter future where the elderly are taken care of, education is a priority, and drug addiction no more the Black community.
R&B and soul superstar Brent Faiyaz also released an original track titled “Eden” last week for the EP as well. The soft acoustic song focuses on a common idea many have about their Creator: why does God let us suffer? As Brent prays for his people, he nods to police brutality, hardship, and wonders whether the Black community’s prayers will be answered.
Singer/songwriter Tinashe offers a contemporary recording of “I’m Every Woman”. Originally released in 1978 by Chaka Khan.
Grammy-nominated, and Gary, Indiana native, Freddie Gibbs recorded Gil Scott Heron’s “Winter In America”. Originally released in 1975.
Rounding out the EP, is a spoken word piece from Roc Nation’s Infinity Song, aptly named “Undefeated.”
The project is a call to action for social justice. The EP reminds us that, even though we celebrate Black history for a month, the accomplishments and challenges of Black people remain constant.
There is an urgent need for change for the Black narrative in America. Regardless of race, everyone should have the power to be the author of their own story. This EP shows that, until we can collaborate as a whole, we will only see minimum change in that story.