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In honor of Juneteenth and Black Music Month, we’re celebrating Black Artists with an exclusive Music Made Me Spotify playlist – our weekly collection of new, independent TuneCore releases.

Black Artists have cultivated and continue to influence music across all genres – from Hip Hop to Pop, Country to Rock and the list goes on. We believe in the importance of paying homage to Black Artists and we encourage music fans to celebrate as well as discover the creative works of Black Artists today and every day.

You can find our Music Made Me playlist and all of its releases below. Additionally, we reached out to artists within our music community to ask them about their artistry, what Juneteenth means to them, and more. We’re proud to share their voices and encourage you to read their powerful words.

Note:  For new TuneCore releases that do not feature Black Artists, we have included them in our other curated Spotify playlists this week here.


Chris Pierce

How have you used your platform as an artist to combat racial inequality and injustice?
“Being a voice against inequality, injustice and oppression pump deep through the veins of my life’s work as a songwriter and performer.  My own horrific experiences with racism began at the age of five with a cross burning on my family’s front lawn and then continued through adolescence and adulthood with violence, intolerance, arrests and accusations.  I firmly believe that our experiences are our art & our art reflects our experiences.  As we face both our comfortable and uncomfortable personal histories head on, we add to the collective greater voice and consciousness. My new single, ‘It’s Been Burning for a While’ was written in memory of George Floyd and all those whose lives have been affected by abusive, excessive and inhumane force. This song is written as a call, in the enduring hope of a response.”


Kenneth Whalum

How have you used your platform as an artist to combat racial inequality and injustice? “I have always made it a point to approach issues that people that look like myself. As a Black man I feel it is my duty to offer a dose of the truth as well as shine light on issues such as police brutality and racism. My song ‘Might Not Be Ok’ featuring Big K.R.I.T. is a perfect example of this. I hope that some hope can be found through my offering.”


Nesha Nycee

With Juneteenth on the horizon, can you tell us what this day means to you? “Juneteenth is such a liberating holiday, to relish in the emancipation of African American people. It’s our true independence day and we celebrate it in unison across the world in a multitude of different ways in the power of peace and love.”

What is the overall message in your music? What do you hope listeners can take away from your music? “True Hip hop to me is Higher Infinite Power Healing Our people so i want to be able to serve and impact my community in more ways than one through arts and creativity. Always remember no matter who you are, you are powerful, you just have to be motivated enough to dig deep within and activate your true purpose.”


Ziggy Ramo

How have you used your platform as an artist to combat racial inequality and injustice?
“I have recently released my debut album Black Thoughts which I wrote five years ago. I wish it was dated but unfortunately it is more relevant than ever. On May 25th I watched as the world witnessed the public murder of George Flyod. It reached us in Australia. The solidarity in which our country showed was inspiring but it was also shallow. We have a long history of killing our Indigenous Australians. 437 Indigenous Australians have been killed in police custody since the 1991 Royal Commission with zero convictions. For me putting out this album now was the best way to use my voice to hold my country accountable. It is easy for us to point the finger at America. It is easy for us to sit on our high horse. But it’s empty. We are in no position to judge anyone until we address our own issues. I have since started a petition that outlines 3 basic steps our government can take to unite us as a country so we can begin to move forward. It has currently collected over 11,000 signatures.”

What is the overall message in your music? What do you hope listeners can take away from your music?
“My overall message is to question why. I am never going to tell a listener what to think. I only ask them to think. To hold the mirror up to themselves. Reflect on what they have been taught. Dig deeper into what we accept to be true. The history we learn in school is only telling one side of the story. Evidently there is much more to learn. I want people to understand their stake in change. I hope that my music can spark in them to ask themselves why change is important for them. I can’t answer that. That is a question we have to answer for ourselves.”


Shamir


How have you used your platform as an artist to combat racial inequality and injustice?
“Aside from always being vocal about social issues early on in my career as well as in my song topics, I also started an independent record label to extend my platform and resources to other Black and LGBTQIA Artists.”


MUSIC MADE ME PLAYLIST

Glitter
Mariah Carey
Pop, R&B

Lemon Pepper
CupCaKke
Hip Hop/Rap

Untitled (Black Is)
SAULT
Alternative, Hip Hop/Rap

Skippin
Dreya Mac
Hip Hop/Rap

Sis.
KIRBY

R&B/Soul

The Four Season
Sy Ari Da Kid
R&B/Soul

It’s Been Burning For A While
Chris Pierce
Blues, Singer-Songwriter

Quarantine Dreams
Young Lyxx feat. Mickey Shiloh
R&B/Soul, Hip Hop/Rap

I Feel It
Money Mu
Hip Hop/Rap

Black Thoughts
Ziggy Ramo
Hip Hop/Rap

On My Own
Shamir
Rock, Pop

Broken Land
Kenneth Whalum

R&B/Soul, Alternative

Another Day
Nesha Nycee
Hip Hop/Rap, World

Colorado
KOTA The Friend
Hip Hop/Rap, R&B/Soul

F12
Wes Period & Shmuck the Loyal
Hip Hop/Rap


At TuneCore, we believe in the importance of paying homage to Black Artists and we encourage music fans to celebrate as well as discover the creative works of Black Artists today and every day. TuneCore has made the decision to make this Friday, June 19th a day of observance for Juneteenth. This is a valuable opportunity for our employees to honor and reflect on the importance of this historic day.

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