On November 9th, 2016, it was unfortunately announced that Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States of America. Like many Americans, and by Americans I meant the ones who actually care about this country, I was disturbed and shocked that the next president of this country will be a racist, sexist, homophobic, privileged white man. Many people voiced their fear and concern over the country’s new president and the future of the nation. I’ve always believed that art and music are the best healers for society in a time of adversity. With that being said, here’s a list of artists, songs, and albums to get you through the trauma of this election.
1. Fela Kuti
The Nigerian sensation created music that spoke on global issues and issues in his own country including government corruption and socio-economic inequality in Africa.
2. Bob Marley
The reggae legend used his music to speak on the ideology of Pan-Africanism and believed n uniting African people across the world.
3. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
This election showed how much women of color are ignored and unloved, but this album can ease any pain you’ve faced today as a woman of color.
4. Ooooooohh… On the TLC Tip by TLC
For the rebellious girls who are ready to fight the system and go toe-to-toe with men who are in power, whether these men influence racism or sexism. Oh by the way, “What About Your Friends” is a good song to listen while deleting those racist jerks who never left their neighborhoods off Facebook.
5. “Revolution” by Arrested Development
Released as a single off the Malcolm X soundtrack, this song empowers those to organize and rethink of our approach to society.
6. “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy
A single off another Spike Lee film, Do The Right Thing, you can say this Public Enemy song was the prequel to the Black Lives Matter movement. This song should encourage you to put your energy into change.
7. “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue
Written originally as a protest song during the 1992 LA Riots, En Vogue performed a song that apply to the current state of the world.
8. "Spice Up Your Life" by the Spice Girls
In a time when women are seen as less than humans, it’s time to listen to a feel-good song that shows women that can be as strong and wild as they want to be.
I mean you can’t go wrong with him. With any album, the Chicago rapper, actor, and activist makes black issues and black love the topic of discussion.
10. To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
As one of the most influential artist and socially conscious rappers of this generation, the California rapper’s last Grammy-winning album makes us comfortable to discuss race, culture, politics, and gender.
11. “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson
Because this is exactly what this world needs to do
12. “They Don’t Really Care About Us” by Michael Jackson
Because this is self-explanatory and on everyone’s mind right now.
13. Rhythm Nation 1814 by Janet Jackson
As one of the first major artist to use their platform to talk about social issues such as poverty, racism, and education, 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814 set the standard for pop music with a positive message. While the first half of the album addresses global issues, the second half is a musical reflection of our own personal joys and pains.