On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He was an unarmed, non-violent black man and after being needlessly restrained and handcuffed face down in the street, Derek Chauvin - a white police officer - knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd called out for help. Two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth officer prevented onlookers from intervening. During the final three minutes Floyd was motionless and had no pulse. Officers made no attempt to revive him, and Chauvin's knee remained on Floyd's neck when emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him.
Time and time again unarmed black men and women are being murdered by police. The people had enough and took to the streets to protest and demand justice for George. The police responded with harassment, rubber bullets and tear gas injuring and terrorizing unarmed citizens causing the peaceful protests to turn to violence. Outside forces took advantage of the situation that followed and used them to destroy our communities. These destructive events continued in Minneapolis and St. Paul and soon we saw peaceful protests, police brutality and violent clashes all across the Nation.
We at District160 support the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn police brutality and murders committed by police all over America. We want justice. We want peace. Reform at all levels of government and the dismantling of our militarized police needs to happen, and the white supremacy that permeates the police needs to be eradicated.
Some of us have spent time on the frontlines protesting and providing medical aid, while others have helped spread the images and words online and shown the world what is happening here. We have helped clean up our communities and paid our respects to George and his loved ones. Now it is time for us to help our community rebuild.
Breathe is a compilation dedicated to change. Juke Nukem and Andrew DIFF, owners of District160, have deep roots in the communities who were hurt by these recent unfortunate events and felt the need to lend a helping hand. We want to help the movement and we want change to happen so District160 decided to create a 160bpm compilation featuring artists from around the globe who share our vision for change and justice.
We originally chose to support Reclaim The Block, a Minneapolis based non-profit dedicated to reducing police funding and pursuing the change needed in our community to strengthen it. Due to overwhelming support Reclaim The Block has asked to please donate elsewhere. See statement here: www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
After reviewing several other Non-Profit organizations we have chosen to now donate 100% of the 2020 proceeds from this release to Juxtaposition Arts.
Juxtaposition Arts is a teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio space in North Minneapolis. Their mission is to develop the community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. To learn more about Juxtaposition Arts please visit juxtapositionarts.org/about/
We believe this organization shares a similar vision with D160. We strive to Support, Educate, Cultivate, and Perpetuate Footwork, Juke, Jungle, and other 160BPM genres of Music, Art, and Culture. We hope our music can save lives by giving others a medium to express their thoughts and feelings. We hope by providing our communities with music and art will keep them from trouble and violence.
From all of us at District160 we thank the participating artists, Reclaim The Block, Juxtaposition Arts, the global music community, and you for supporting our community. Finally, we send our strength and love to the family of George Floyd and to all those families across the country - and the world - whose lives have been destroyed by the brutality of the police.