“When I say black lives matter it is not to devalue the worth of any non-black human being, it is to remind everyone that black lives are not expendable and to value us as every other race.” – JEVON
Jevon recorded his latest song the day he wrote it, May 28th, 2020. That was three days after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police and the protests started. These peaceful protests are still going on now which is powerful to witness. The protests are demanding change. We are in the middle of a revolution that needed to happen centuries ago. Part of that revolution is happening through music and lyrics. Hip hop has historically been a place where important topics are brought up, people listen, and some people have a shift in their thinking. Music is extremely powerful. I believe in hip hop and its strong ability to change minds. Songwriters that can write about huge issues and bring awareness through their music are magicians. Jevon is one of them.
“As an African American from Los Angeles County, California, Ive experienced first hand the profiling, harassment, and mistreatment at the hands of a corrupt justice system. In light of the recent events (RIP George Floyd) that sparked protest and riots in every state in my country, I felt obligated to make a song from the prospective of Black person living in America. Im hoping that this song becomes big enough to become a voice for Blacks who feel silenced.” – JEVON
Jevon has shared his very important experience through his latest song “Cant Breathe.” Everyone should listen to the lyrics and let them soak in. Hear his words. Hear his experience.
The song starts off with a spoken word: “All lives matter..except when you’re black of course.” The lyric then go into “Hands Up, I can’t breathe.” Powerful from the start, Jevon doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind, sharing his feelings, and shining a spotlight on the oppression and discrimination that black people experience on a daily basis. Jevon’s song is a protest and it’s a powerful one.
“I don’t know too much about the BLM Organization, but I whole heartedly support the statement itself. I feel that in American and so many other countries around the world black lives are looked down upon, and our deaths at the hands of police always seemed to be justified and encouraged in the media. When I say black lives matter it is not to devalue the worth of any non-black human being, it is to remind everyone that black lives are not expendable and to value us as every other race.” – JEVON
Outside of lyrical content, Jevon has created a beat that features a soulful piano and a lot of space for the lyrics to be heard. His vocal flow is very good and his lyrics are clever and important. Every word has a place in this song. There’s no filler here. This is conscious hip hop at it’s finest! Jevon cites his influences as 2Pac, Big L, Andre 3000, Nate Dogg, and Nas. Find out more on Jevon: https://www.facebook.com/hoodkingzjevon/
This song can be heard on Spotify now:
Written by Ryan Cassata