The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter debuted the powerful exclamation in an episode of iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert Series, following the death of George Floyd back in May.
With a light, yet potent guitar arrangement backing her, H.E.R. croons her pain out while calling for action against police brutality.
“What is a gun to a man that surrenders? / What’s it gonna take for someone to defend her? / If we all agree that we’re equal as people / Then why can’t we see what is evil,” she sings on the track.
“I Can’t Breathe” comes shortly after the release of H.E.R.’s long-awaited visual for “I’m Not OK,” which also addresses over-policing.
H.E.R. joins SZA, Snoh Aalegra, Musiq Soulchild and many more on the performance lineup for the 2020 Roots Picnic on June 27. The virtual experience — hosted by Questlove, Black Thought, and the former First Lady Michelle Obama — will stream live on The Roots official YouTube page.
Stream H.E.R.’s new song “I Can’t Breathe” below.