Lion Babe’s reworking of Yasiin Bey’s “Umi Says” is a fun ride inspired by the duo’s admiration for NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill. The proceeds from the first two million streams of the song will go to the Legal Defense Fund. The duo made a statement about their acknowledgment of Bey’s classic and their intentions:
“‘Umi Says’ is an offering to the black community and the world at large, who are living and dying in a time of heightened systematic injustice and racism. We are inspired by the work of Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, who is an incredible force and black woman leading the fight in protecting black men, women and children in this country. The proceeds from our first 2 million streams of this record will be donated to the Legal Defense Fund. We hope our creativity and music can help aid them in achieving real change and protection for our people. Mos Def / Yasiin Bey spoke a truth that needs to be seen, heard and felt in this present moment. We hope shining a light on their cause inspires others to contribute and spread awareness so we can all move closer to freedom.”
Lion Babe’s Cosmic Wind came out in 2019. “Umi Says” and their current merchandise are available on their official website.