Fresh off from grinding on Maluma around a chorus of holograms of herself at the Billboard Music Awards, Madonna has released another song off her album Madame X. “I Rise” may sound like a boner anthem but it’s Madonna’s musical homage to marginalized people and even starts out with a quote from gun reform activist and Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Emma González.
According to Pitchfork, Madonna, who is a Stonewall Ambassador, had the 50th anniversary of Pride in mind when writing I Rise.
Madonna has shared “I Rise,” the latest song from Madame X. Listen to the song, which alludes to gun violence in America, below. A sample of Emma González, survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, opens the song: “[They say] us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.”
In a statement, Madonna says, “I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind. This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves.”
Madonna’s auto-tuned inspirational anthem, which may make people say, “Harpo, who dis woman singing?“, isn’t an official single. Her next single Crave comes out next week. Because of that, I Rise may not get a video, so you’ll have to settle for a lone Madonna in pigtails doing tai chi on a trampoline.