Guest host Lena Waithe personally invited Chika to perform the song which speaks for the “voiceless.”
As a native Alabamian, Jane Chika Oranika felt like she had to do something. The 22 year-old rapper who goes by Chika, is best known for her freestyle call-out of Kanye West over Yeezy’s own “Jesus Walks” beat from last year, as well as her body positive campaign for Calvin Klein’s #MyCalvins. But on Wednesday night’s (May 22) Jimmy Kimmel Live! she was tapped by guest host Lena Waithe to debut a new song that had a very powerful message.
“I wrote a song and its entitled ‘Rachey v. Alabama’… we all know what’s going on in Alabama right now and I’m from Alabama, so I felt like with this opportunity and the way that it lined up it would make so much sense for me to come one here and speak for people who otherwise feel voiceless,” Chika said, alluding to the controversial anti-abortion bill signed by the state’s Republican governor that is the strictest abortion legislation in the nation.
“Rachey is the last name of one of my friends, who has such a powerful story when it comes to what’s going on in Alabama, I felt like this would be a proper tribute to her,” she said. “And also a proper tribute to all women in Alabama, all people in Alabama with wombs who are able to carry children and I felt like this is my time to speak for us.”
Standing in front of a DJ booth with the words “Womens rights are human rights… since 1973,” the MC broke right into the rapid-fire first verse over a slow g-funk beat. “I gotta be honest, I never expected to do this/ No anticipation addressing the nation, I promise it’s more than just music,” she rhymed. “They building a world of they own that they cannot call home I can barely peruse it,” she continued, adding “Ms. Ivey can rot,” in reference to state’s female Gov. Kay Ivey, who signed the bill, which Chika dubbed unconstitutional.
The song featured a moving a cappella breakdown about the time she tucked a drawing she made of Pres. Obama when she was 12 into her book bag, eager to show it to her mom. “He was larger than life/ Bigger than black/ Made me rethink what’s holding me back/ And killed each excuse that I had to be anything less than successful,” she rapped. Standing in a lone spotlight on a dark stage, she then raised hope that the election of Pres. Trump has “awakened us,” speaking on behalf of the “poor, the gay, the black, the Muslim, the sane, disabled, the weak, the victims of rape, the women/ Bruh, you will not divide us/ Take this as a final warning Mr. Trump you will not divide us.”
Watch Chika talk about and perform “Rachey” below, as well as a bonus track, her single “No Squares.”