Black History Month is technically over. We say “technically” because around these parts we celebrate the accomplishments of people across the diaspora 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We’ve got a little extra oomph to help us continually celebrate this year thanks to The Undefeated’s newest compilation EP Black History Always: Music For The Movement Vol. 2. The set features covers of classic jams as well as new joints by current artists. That includes our girl Tinashe taking on the likes of Chaka Khan with a daring cover of “I’m Every Woman.”
Nasty Nashe teams with TOKiMONSTA on the track as she proceeds to give us a version of the song we didn’t know we needed. TOKi’s production gives us downtempo house vibes with ambient synths and syncopated drums that percolate throughout the track. Meanwhile, Tinashe doesn’t shy away from the vocals. While she might not have the legendary power of Chaka (and honestly, who does?), she holds her own with an impassioned delivery that fits the song’s vibe perfectly. And then, when things go up a notch, Tinashe is right there with it as she belts it out on the bridge.
Black History Always offers a few more inspired takes on classic soul songs. Joining Tinashe on the record are Freddie Gibbs, Tobe Nwigwe (whose cover of “Wake Up Everybody” appears here ), Infinity Song and Brent Faiyaz. You can get a listen of “I’m Every Woman” when you press play and stream the EP in full below.