Peezy International's latest EP, Noir, out July 4, launches with familiar sounds heard recently on streets all over the country: "Black lives they matter, yeah," people chant over drums and tambourines.
Calls against anti-Blackness have taken over protests denouncing racism and police brutality the last few months. Noir's intro track goes front-row-center, into the heart of the Black Lives Movement as instruments and music lead the way during a Los Angeles protest that could easily have taken place in any other major U.S. city.
Empowering from its inception, the EP, which follows the "Everything" single release in April, was inspired by the Houston artist's 10 days spent protesting in L.A. Ultimately, the three-track EP has him reflecting on his own experience as a Black man and father.
"If I kneel and I'm killed then its cool because I will live on forever." he sings in "Too High to Riot," an ode to those killed at the hands of police.
Peezy also sheds light on Black creators' plight. While Black culture sells, artists have been disempowered in the process, at times even erased. In "Black Power," he touches on exactly that. "We can talk Black business more than rap business or the trap business. Basketball, football, boxing, track, tennis. How we run the f*g world and feel trapped in it?" he raps.
Noir will call on you to listen—the rapper writes verses highlighting mental health, among other topics—but perhaps one of its greatest statements is its release during the country's most patriotic holiday.