We The People, a 10-episode animated civics lesson produced by the Obamas, debuts on Netflix on July 4 (Sunday) and the Grammy-nominated Cordae riffs on capitalism, corporations and more for the single “Taxes.”
Produced by Take A Daytrip, Cordae runs down the differences regarding tax brackets, Uncle Sam and the ultimate question of where the money actually assists communities across the country. “So you gotta vote, bruh, and it’s super beneficial,” he raps on the song. “‘Cause you have a say in who’s your local officials/And they decide on how to slice the pie/And how to spend the budget to help the general public.”
Janelle Monáe, H.E.R., Daveed Diggs and others contribute songs to the series, which has been touted as an update of the ’60s and ’70s children’s program Schoolhouse Rock with Hip Hop and R&B.
Cordae himself has kept busy in 2021. Recently, he featured on Nas’ ’90s era single “Life Is Like A Dice Game” alongside Freddie Gibbs. Earlier this year, he announced he would be giving back to underrepresented communities attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities with the help of ESPN’s The Undefeated and Disney’s Dreamers Academy.
“So many people need the money more than I do,” he said in a statement. “I feel as though when you’re in such a blessed position, it’s important to pay that forward to be a blessing to others. It’s especially important to me to invest in our youth and the future. Young people are the future of our society and the world, so we must do all we can to ensure they are properly positioned to succeed.”
Stream “Taxes” from Cordae below.