Earlier this month film “Birth of a Nation” premiered, bringing the story of revolutionary Nat Turner to the big screen. Written, produced, and directed by actor Nate Parker, the movie revealed harsh truths surrounding the origins of American racism as well the heroic efforts of the largest slave rebellion in history. It couldn’t have been released at a better time, as the nation continues to protest ongoing racism and police brutality. However, the film itself isn’t the only thing that speaks to the budding revolution before us.
The soundtrack, The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired By Album, provided a stark contrast to the time of the 1830’s, however it is perfect for music fans of 2016. Embracing the topic of social justice and black power, each song offers a powerful response to the current state of America. Artists like Nas, Wale, K. Michelle, Trey Songz, Vic Mensa, Gucci Mane, and many others lend their talents to originals songs which are perfect for any “Revolution Playlist.”
Songs like “Go Tell ‘Em” by Vic Mensa and “Oh Lord” by Gucci Mane feat. Lil Wayne cater to rugged hip-hop sounds, while “Queen” by Ne-Yo and “Stand” by Trey Songz give crooning R&B. There is a message behind each lyric, with melodies mirroring Negro Spiritual aesthetics. It is a gathering of black music that just cannot go ignored. View the full tracklist below:
Listen to the various artists give their thoughts on the soundtrack and film!