What Protest Songs Sound Like in 2016

Jan 12, 2016

Nina Simone, along with Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and countless others made important contributions to the rich canon of protest songs during the civil rights movement. A canon so strong, that the term "protest song" often conjures images of artists from the 1960s.

The tradition didn't stop there, however, it just sounds a bit different today. We spoke with Justin Charity, a staff writer with Complex magazine about what protest sounds like in 2016.

Below is the list of songs we discussed during the interview.

Listen to the interview:

Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"

Janelle Monae - "What the Hell You Talmbout"

Killer Mike - Ferguson Grand Jury Speech

Rhiannon Giddens - "Cry No More"

D'Angelo - "1000 Deaths"

Prince - Baltimore