18MillionRising presents Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album - a compilation album featuring 32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians. Given the current political climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased racial tension, turning out to vote as an AAPI community this November 8th is more important than ever. At 18MillionRising, we believe that music can shift hearts and minds, and with the release of the Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album, we believe music can activate Asian America to the polls.
This album was created in partnership with the Asian North Americans music curation platform TRAKTIVIST (traktivist.com
); with Kollaboration (www.kollaboration.org
) who supports APIs in arts and entertainment by showcasing and connecting creative talents; with the oldest currently running Asian American open mic space Tuesday Night Project (tuesdaynightproject.org
); and the South Asian diaspora music and online mixtape site Mishthi Music (mishthimusic.com
). All proceeds earned from the album will be donated to 18MillionRising (18MillionRising.org
), an organization promoting AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.
I don’t tell THE Asian-American story, I
Tell OUR American storiES
In hopes that one day our people will see glory
Do you feel me?
But if you don’t? That’s cool
And if any one of these words breaks through and resonates with you
The struggles you been through
Pain you thought only you knew?
This whole life been worth it.
Mama birthed me with a purpose, from Chinese restaurants, and nail salons, and into churches
Been called worthless
Been felt hurt inside
So if you’re numb, just know that feeling exists for a defensive service
I ain’t mad at you!
But beyond the bitterness that’s been in us, we’re buildin up these stories and the world will bear the benefits
We been a mess, but nothing’s been amiss
You gotta break some eggs evry time you make an omelet
I break it apart to put it back together like chemo on cancer
I have, no, answers
Just questions that’ll open up topics of discussion
You’ll have to shoot me to shut me up, I ain’t budgin
And maybe YOU won’t march or stand, but
You can, listen and
Listen, to me, speak
And I’ll listen to you,
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