Rapper/singer Trey Songz has voiced his support for the Black Lives Matter movement with a powerful new song, “2020 Riots: How Many Times.”
On the soulful track, the Virginia crooner asks “How many mothers have to cry? How many brothers gotta die?” while a choir rallies behind him. The song was a collaborative effort between Songz and producer Troy Taylor in the wake of worldwide protests over the death of George Floyd.
“[I] called my producer, Troy Taylor and I said ‘We’ve got to make music that really touches the soul, that really addresses what the world is feeling right now. Especially our people,’” Songz said in a statement.
“So we came up with ‘2020 Riots: How Many Times.’ With the words in this song I just wanted to speak to everyone’s hearts and acknowledge the pain and anguish everyone is going through right now. I know this ain’t usually my message and you’re not used to hearing this from me, but this is the person I’ve always been.”
Earlier this year, Songz teamed up with Summer Walker for “Back Home.” The track’s accompanying video features cameos from Megan Thee Stallion, 50 Cent and other celebrities making the most of social distancing.
Stream “2020 Riots: How Many Times” below: