Anjimile’s “Animal” Is A Protest Song About Police Brutality

[Cover photo credit to Shervin Lainez]

Anjimile has previewed a third song from his upcoming album, The King, out September 8th, 2023. “Animal” is a protest song about police brutality, written in the summer of 2020 and explicitly references the death of George Floyd.

Like the rest of The King, every sound heard on “Animal” comes from two instruments: an acoustic guitar and Anjimile’s own voice. The song is accompanied by a video directed by Robby Operman.

With his second album, Anjimile continues exploring what it means to be a Black trans person in America. Featuring the singles “The King”, “Father”, and “Animal”, the album is “rooted in the reality of seeing brutality with clear eyes.”

The album features contributions from Justine Bowe, Brad Allen Williams, Sam Gendel, and James Krivchenia (Big Thief), and is is the result of a year in LA working with Grammy and Juno winner Shawn Everett


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