Bounce-Worthy songstress Summer Williams stepped out hotter last year when she dropped her EP Hello Again in October. However, she’s not down giving us music, as she proves with her most recent release. Taking inspiration from Remy Ma‘s recent collaboration with the original Queen B, Lil’ Kim, Summer flips their single “Wake Me Up.” But instead of the boastful flows kicked by the two leading femcees, Summer flips it into a protest anthem on which she calls out police brutality while calling her brothers and sisters to take a stand.
She takes to the beat’s sample of Kim’s iconic “Queen B***h” quite naturally, harmonizing over the intro with the song’s original chorus. However, she soon lets you know that this version is different, singing out, “This is a call to action / ‘Cause the world ain’t doing us right.” From there, she hits at societal ills with a viciousness while delving into her Caribbean roots, infusing reggae inflections with her message. “Oh, exodus / I’m sending for you, brother / Oh, exodus / Oh sister, please don’t trust them,” she sings, evoking the words of late singer/activist Bob Marley as she addresses the growing police brutality problem. “They don’t mess with us.” Her impassioned pleas don’t fall on deaf ears, as Summer’s emotion and feelings are well represented by her fiery delivery and attention to detail when handling the subject.
Though we still have a long fight to endure in righting all of society’s ills, Summer Williams’ flip definitely gives us much-needed motivation to keep working toward liberation. Get an earful of her rallying cry when you listen to “Wake Me Up” below.