Stevie Wonder has released two new songs: “Can’t Put it in the Hands of Fate” featuring Rapsody, Busta Rhymes, Chika and Cordae, and “Where is Our Love Song” featuring Gary Clark Jr.
On the first track, the four rappers deliver powerful verses about racial inequality, the school-to-prison pipeline, police brutality and more. Busta raps, “Now let me go and get with all of my people, you know I have to get / That’ll show me sacrifice just like my brother Colin Kaepernick / Opportunities that I get to talk, you know I have to spit / Breonna Taylor turn in her grave, you know we have to get justice.”
“I’ve been listening to this man sing my whole life,” Rapsody wrote in a message on Instagram. “So, there are no words to describe being able to create with the legend, Stevie Wonder.” Cordae, too, expressed his disbelief at the collaboration:
Nigga I'm on a song with Stevie Wonder….
— Cordae' (@cordae) October 13, 2020
“Can’t Put it in the Hands of Fate” and “Where is Our Love Song” are the first songs to be released on the legendary singer-songwriter’s new label, So What the Fuss Music—and also his first material not to be released on his longtime label Motown Records, which he signed to in 1961.
Per Pitchfork, So What the Fuss Music is marketed and distributed by Republic Records and Universal Music Group. It takes its name from Wonder’s 2005 song “So What the Fuss,” which featured Prince. In a press conference, he said he had plans for an EP and a separate project titled Through the Eyes of Wonder.
In the same conference, Wonder urged Americans to go to the polls, ahead of the US presidential election on November 3. “We can’t put voting in the hands of fate,” he said, as CNN reports. “The universe is watching us. And for me, we’ve got to vote justice in and injustice out. That’s just what time it is. That’s down the ballot by the way, from your local to your state to your national—handle that.”
Proceeds from “Where is Our Love Song” will go towards the hunger relief organization Feeding America. Hear both of Stevie’s new songs below.
“Can’t Put it in the Hands of Fate” featuring Rapsody, Busta Rhymes, Chika and Cordae:
“Where is Our Love Song” featuring Gary Clark Jr: