Monique DeBose calls this song "an anthem for people who have been disenfranchised." It was released in the summer of 2020 at a time when many Americans felt their voices where being shouted down by a society reckoning with centuries of oppression. "I wrote 'Rally Call' because I was tired of feeling like my voice didn't matter and that I was having to erase myself in order for white America to feel comfortable," she told Songfacts
. "The phenomenon that seems to occur in our culture is that black people have this unspoken place and I'm just tired of living in that phenomenon."
DeBose is mixed race: her father is mother is Irish American her father is African American. Growing up, she was exposed to both worlds.