Georgia-born R&B singer Victoria Monét teamed up with Ariana Grande to pen a soothing response to the recent violence and tragedies plaguing the United States and abroad titled "Better Days." The artists make a plea for light and love over the honeyed R&B jam, decrying the "hatred, racism and injustice" that led to last week's tragedies in their accompanying message posted to SoundCloud.
"Better Days" features a slow tempo, smooth vocals and optimistic, transformative lyrics:
Baby, there's a war right outside our window/ Don't you hear people fighting for their lives?
I can hear sirens right outside our window/ And I can hear the children cry while their mothers cry/ I'm praying for the people right outside our window/ Hoping they find peace at night, just like you and me.
The new single joins a wave of new music and collaborations, from Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miguel and Jay Z, offering condolences, prayers and support in the aftermath of continued violence.
Listen to "Better Days" in full below.