The original track, which .Paak shared in June, arrived with an emotional video that starred his son Soul Rasheed, the Internet’s Syd, SiR, Andra Day and others. Though no one knew it at the time, that video hinted at the remix with its Jay Rock cameo, though the rapper supplies a different verse on the rework.
Elsewhere on the remix, Noname and JID cut in cypher-style to spit verses about police brutality and racism, while .Paak sings about ongoing protests in the chorus: “You should’ve been downtown / The people are rising / We thought it was a lockdown / They opened the fire / Them bullets was flyin’.”
Noname references Trayvon Martin and Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur on her verse. “We seen ’em murder the indigenous, the Passage Middle / The Constitution, a life for a bag of Skittles? / So when we bleed, I load the sacred pistol / And if you need, I’ll read Assata with you,” she rhymes.
This is Noname’s first musical output following “Song 33,” which she released in June in response to speculation that J Cole dissed her on his song “Snow on Tha Bluff.” JID has been steadily participating in collaborations, including “Baguetti” with Smino, Hardo’s “Hurry Up & Buy” and “I Got Money Now” by Deante’ Hitchcock.
On the other hand, Jay Rock has been laying low since the 2018 release of his album Redemption, which featured the tracks “Shit Real” featuring Tee Grizzley, “Wow Freestyle” featuring Kendrick Lamar and “ES Tales.”
Stream the remix of “Lockdown” plus other versions of the song via its Remix Bundle below: