Music for today’s protests against police violence

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Lil Baby performing at the Openair Frauenfeld festival in Switzerland, July 2019. Music critic Craig Jenson says Lil Baby has become a political voice. Photo by Frank Schwichtenberg (CC BY-SA 4.0). 

Streams for Kendrick Lamar’s hit song “Alright” skyrocketed as protests broke out following the death of George Floyd. However, music critic Craig Jenkins says Lamar’s message is outdated. Jenkins explains why tracks by Lil Baby and Meek Mill effectively capture today’s protests against police violence.