R&B singer Jorja Smith has followed up her cover of St Germain’s ‘Rose Rouge’ with a simple, yet meaningful new track, ‘By Any Means’. The single was shared today, and has a powerful political message: “By any means I will fight for you”.
This lyric, repeated four times in every chorus, is an inspiring message, while the verses show Smith’s feelings about the current political state, “All this time you be feeding us lies/Ain’t no truth in your statements”. The song is the first from an upcoming Roc Nation compilation album entitled ‘Reprise’, which will be a compilation of politically themed songs. A percentage of the proceeds from the album will be donated to charities which support victims of civil rights violations.
The release has been described in a press release as an “initiative comprised of multiple artists uniting to let their voices be heard in musical protest.” Currently, said artists have not been revealed, and neither has the official release date.
Given the overwhelming support and publicity the #BlackLivesMatter movement has earned over the past few months, it seems that Smith has been inspired to speak out against injustice. She said in an Instagram post, “Sometimes there aren’t enough words and sometimes words aren’t enough.” The song’s lyric video has reached 62,000 views on YouTube, allowing the words to resonate with the listener.
Previously, the singer has been very active on social media, sharing songs and words about the racism that still exists in societies around the world. For the ‘Rose Rouge’ cover video, Smith cut together clips of #BlackLivesMatter protests, symbols, and signs, writing to her fans: “We have to continue the conversation around injustices that are and have been inflicted upon black people all over the world. This video is a tribute to all the people who have paved the way for black empowerment and freedom. We are not going to stay quiet – black lives matter – they always have.”
Smith also speaks about this issue in her song ‘Blue Lights’ from debut album ‘Lost and Found’, which questions why one should feel guilty if they’ve done nothing wrong – “blue lights should just pass you by”. Through her music, this singer will continue the important conversation.