*The following is a collection of some of the best albums of protest music released in 2019. They were selected by Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker, who publishes writing regularly at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. They are in alphabetical order by artist. Kishi Bashi — Omoiyari Kishi Bashi’s stunning
The following post originally appeared at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Best known as the powerhouse lead vocalist of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard recently released her critically acclaimed debut album “Jamie.” The album is named after her sister who passed away in her teens. Yet, although the loss of her
In an interview for MOJO Magazine, Neil Young said it is a “hell of a time to be alive. I wouldn’t wish what’s gonna happen on my grandchildren, and even my children. I’ll probably be here long enough to see the very beginning of the devastation.” That is, “unless we
The following post was originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Songs. Lowkey is a rapper and activist of English and Iraqi descent, who recently released “Soundtrack to the Struggle 2,” the long-awaited follow-up to his 2011 album, “Soundtrack to the Struggle.” Part of the reason for Lowkey’s eight-year hiatus
The following was republished from Ongoing History of Protest Songs. “We’re here protesting and sharing stories, but when everything else is so loud, how do you penetrate through?” The above statement was made by Camae Ayewa, a Philadelphia based activist, poet, and experimental musician, better known as Moor Mother. On
clipping. is an experimental hip-hop trio made up of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson. They recently released their third album, “There Existed an Addiction to Blood.”
Die Jim Crow, a project that supports current and formerly incarcerated musicians, produced this jazz tune on what it’s like to be released from prison.
The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. The Trump administration has received widespread criticism for its anti-immigration policies. That includes the heartless act of separating children from their parents at the border. Some, such as Fox News Laura Ingraham and ICE director Matthew Albence, tried to
DIIV’s tune appears to refer to Don Blankenship, the climate change denier and former CEO of Massey Energy Company, the sixth-largest coal mining company in the United States. He was sentenced to prison for his role in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion.
The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. “Warning! The following video contains content that some viewers may not find disturbing. That’s pretty fucked up.” The following quote was part of a social media teaser for the new video for “Pop Goes The Weapon” the latest single