“Mama Please” is a heartfelt collaboration between indie artist Drea D’Nur along with Chicago activist / MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Rami Nashashibi, and Louisville, Kentucky’s youngest newly elected councilman/rapper Jecorey Arthur aka 1200. The title is a reference to the last words of George Floyd before his tragic death and dives into the spate of police brutality in the states. The anthemic track is bolstered by a lush gripping texture and d’Nur’s commanding vocals that oozes pain and deep emotions. Touching lyrics like “Mama Please, I Can’t Breathe. Get these demons off of me” echo the cries of victims while 1200 punches it with “400 years, that’s our trauma, millions of tears, that’s my mama.”
The accompanying video is a dedication to former Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne, a woman who was fired in 2008 for intervening when a white police officer put a handcuffed black man in a chokehold. The video sends a message to lawmakers to sign proposed legislation Cariol’s Law, and start a national trend that would require police officers to intervene and stop imminent abuse performed by fellow law enforcement professionals.
“Mama Please” is taken from the THIS LOVE THING project which was co-produced by Elijah Hooks. The project is presented by Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a grassroots nonprofit organization that has worked to advance health, wellness, and healing in Chicago and Atlanta. The record comprises nine soulful tracks and boasts features from Brother Ali and Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Maimouna Youssef.
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