Written by Alessa Frenkel
John Legend and his wife are known to not be ones to shy away from being vocal about controversial issues no matter the outlet (let’s be honest – Chrissy Teigen probably runs one of the best Twitter accounts ever). His latest album, Darkness and Light, deals with issues of love and the very present tension of racial issues in the USA. Now John is back with In America and it is heated with provocation
“In America, in America/They say I’m free in America/In America, in America/I still can’t breathe in America/Watch them squeezing my neck/Watch them bullets connect/We still gon’ fight in America”.
The organ-laden, choral-heavy track that plays with typical Legend dualities between high notes and soulful interludes was co-written by Dave Tozer and serves to promote the second season of WGN’s TV series Underground. John states: “In America was born around the same time I was working on my most recent album Darkness and Light. It’s a song I was writing while thinking about the duality of America, where it’s known to be this place of freedom, equality and where anyone can make it. The song points out the tension between the promise of America, the ideals of America, and sometimes us not living up to those ideals in practice. In America is a perfect song for Underground, a series I’m incredibly proud to be a part of, and one that does a beautiful job of portraying a challenging time in our nation’s history while reminding us that change is possible.”
Listen below and see what you think!
Credit: John Legend