Fight For You

Album: Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album (2021)

Songfacts®:

  • H.E.R. wrote and recorded this song for Shaka King's film Judas and the Black Messiah. The movie focuses on Fred Hampton, who was chairman of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s. H.E.R.'s poignant lyrics are inspired by Hampton's fight for social and racial justice.

    Freedom for my brothers
    Freedom 'cause they judge us
    Freedom from the others
    Freedom from the leaders, they keepin' us


    "His revolution inspired my revolution," H.E.R. shared on social media.
  • H.E.R. wrote the song with:

    Brooklyn, New York producer Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II, whose other credits include Janet Jackson's "Feedback," Jennifer Lopez' "One Love," and Khalid's "My Bad."

    Indianapolis singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas, who first broke through when she featured on Wale's 2013 hit single "Bad." She also co-wrote H.E.R.'s 2020 single "Damage."
  • D'Mile and H.E.R. produced the track, which takes influence from funk and soul artists from the '60s and '70s. "We just started to talk and that's honestly why I love working with D'Mile and Tiara because I can talk to them," H.E.R. told Apple Music's Zane Lowe. "We have these conversations and there's a comfortability. I think the biggest thing was listening to some of our favorite, some of my favorites: Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and people like that, Sly and the Family Stone."
  • H.E.R. performed the song live for the first time on the February 4, 2021 episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
  • H.E.R received her first-ever Golden Globe nomination when this was nominated for Best Original Song.
  • Michael Kiwanuka also recorded a track inspired by Fred Hampton. The English singer-songwriter's 2019 song, "Hero," is his reflection on the civil rights activist's martyrdom at 21.

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