We’ve been bumping Blood Orange‘s latest album, Freetown Sound, since its release earlier this summer. Dev Hynes, the artist behind Blood Orange’s poignant indie-R&B, has never been shy about his politics, often speaking out against racism and police brutality. Last night, the singer performed standout hits, “Augustine” and “Thank You,” from Freetown Sound, live on Conan O’Brien.
The powerful performance shows Hynes behind a white piano, featuring a tribute to Alton Sterling, Terrence McCrary Jr. and recently slain trans activist, Hande Kader. For “Thank You,” the singer moves away from the piano to kneel in front and pay his respects to the three victims of violence.
Watch the emotional performance, below.
Following his moving set, Hynes posted the lyrics, which reference Sterling, as well as Philando Castile and Eric Garner, among others, to the verse he added during “Thank You” on Instagram.
Read them, below.