Partly inspired by the Mike Brown’s murder and partly inspired by George Floyd’s murder, Chance Lovett’s “7 Years” speaks on a mother and her fears that, unfortunately, come with being the parent of a Black male. It shouldn’t be like this. As Lovett pleads throughout the song, we should give our Black boys the “chance to be a man” in life, versus snuffing their flame(s) out young for whatever reason.
I love this one because it’s in-your-face about its subject, but still soulful enough that it doesn’t unnecessarily dive headfirst into anger about life. Instead, while there is a sadness and an anger to “7 Years,” there’s also a hope that things can change. All hope is not lost, as long as we keep it in our heads that we, as Black people, are stronger than any ignorance the world may throw our way. This is, as mentioned, a soulful protest song. It lets us know where Lovett stands on the issue of Black lives mattering and also on the issue of racially-charged incidents and murders.
Sonically, it’s got a retro feel to it. It kind of reminds me of a mix between Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse, in that it’s boisterous but also very subdued when needed. Check out the song below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.