Performers and artists of color, whether through their political advocacy or creative messages, provided important leadership during the bitterly-fought election cycle. In the aftermath of its acrimonious conclusion—which many people are still wrestling with—we turn to those artists to help us heal and process before returning to the fight.
In the spirit of moving forward, here’s a playlist of songs for every kind of mood you wish to transition into a healing space. One of them, Run the Jewels’ “2100,” was specifically released in response to the election. The rest are a mix of newer and older tracks that speak to all-too-relatable desires for transcendence and liberation. Take a listen: