Janelle Monáe is taking on the 2020 election with her new song "Turntables." The soulful cut of protest rap appears in the upcoming voter suppression documentary All In: The Fight For Democracy. The film is directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés and features former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. It's available to watch September 18 on Amazon Prime.
Monáe described the intention behind "Turntables" in an interview with Apple Music: "This song is capturing direction. And when you think about a record, when you think about a record spinning, when you think about the revolutions per minute, it's all connected. And that is what this song means. This song doesn't mean that I'm the leader, that I'm here to tell you what to do, how to fix things. I'm simply watching, examining, and wanting to highlight all of the people who are on the front lines, fighting for our democracy, fighting against racial inequalities, fighting against white supremacy, fighting against systemic racism and systemic oppression. So this song is to keep us motivated. This song is to lift up and keep us galvanized when we're fatigued. And this song is really for the people.
Listen to "Turntables" below: