A year ago, FAGGOT rapper Mister Wallace responded in song to the rampant killings of Black men by American cops—something that’s certainly not subsided on the streets, despite having significantly less media coverage today. Clouded with the ominous sounds of a rainstorm and filtered through an eerie vocoder, Wallace tackled the 1939 Wizard of Oz classic, “Over the Rainbow,” singing about a dream world “way up high,” where bloodshed isn’t an everyday occurrence.
Now a week after the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Wallace’s powerful, sparse cover takes on new meaning, as the LGBTQ community cries for a world where gun sales aren’t valued over our existence—where our safe spaces aren’t being freely infiltrated by violence and hate. “When will the rain stop?” Wallace asked on his Facebook—we’d like to know the answer, too. Listen, below, and donate to Orlando, here.