The independent label EMPIRE released their “compilation album” that showcases the label’s artists using their voices to stand for what they believe in.
EMPIRE Presents: Voices for Change, Vol 1 features several artists, such as Audio Push, D. Smoke, Jackboy, Lloyd, Mozzy, $tupid Young, Trevor Jackson, and many more. It focuses on the current issues that many people of color face in their daily lives. The song titles bring to light several injustices in America, like “Hands Up,” “UNITY,” “Don’t Shoot,” and “Persecución Policial.”
“From day one of starting EMPIRE the goal was always to empower and educate artists,” according to Complex, the label’s founder Ghazi Shami stated. “To see our passionate and diverse team come together with our artists to inspire and educate others is incredibly fulfilling. I thank our artists, EMPIRE family, and generous partners for showing unity in action.”
The album doesn’t shy away from diversity, as it expressed the Latinx community with full Spanish rap songs on immigration, and the Black community side with Black Lives Matter, which you can hear audio from protests incorporated in the tracks.
Empire has also teamed up with Vote.org to encourage everyone to vote. The independent label will also give all proceeds of their Voices for Change album to the American Civil Liberties Union, a non-profit organization, which will go towards immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, and voting rights.
EMPIRE Presents: Voices for Change, Vol 1 is currently out on all platforms.