Stevie Wonder released his first new music in four years with songs “Can’t Put It in The Hands of Fate” featuring Rapsody, Cordae, Chika, and Busta Rhymes, and “Where Is Our Love Song” featuring Gary Clark Jr. Alongside his new music, the legendary soul artist also announced his new label, So What The Fuss Music, which is marketed and distributed by Republic Records/Universal Music Group.
For the high-energy “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate,” Wonder teamed up with several generations of hip-hop artists, including rising star Rapsody, best-selling rapper Cordae, the critically acclaimed Chika, and 11-time Grammy winner Busta Rhymes.
“In these times, we are hearing the most poignant wake-up calls and cries for this nation and the world to, please, heed our need for love, peace, and unity,” said Wonder in a statement.
He elaborated during a virtual press conference today and shared that “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate” was initially intended to be a love song when he wrote it several years ago. More recently, he recalled, “I was listening to the old things I had done and never finished the words to, and I was thinking about where we are in the world. And I was thinking about how this is most crucial time. … Not just Black people or people of color but young people everywhere are going, ‘This is not acceptable.’…Change is right now. We can’t put it in the hands of fate. Ain’t nobody got time to wait.”
The melody for “Where Is Our Love Song,” meanwhile, was written when Wonder was just 18. This year, the artist was inspired to revisit the song, amid “all the confusion and all the hate and all the east versus west, left versus right. It’s just a heartbreak.” Wonder teamed up with the four-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist, Gary Clark Jr. on the ballad.
Wonder also spoke about Covid-19 during this morning’s press conference. “We can’t put it in the hands of fate, finding a cure for this dreadful virus…if we put our energies of positivity out there, we can find and there will be a solution.” To help underserved communities amid the pandemic, Wonder is donating all of his proceeds from “Where Is Our Love Song” to Feeding America.
“Where Is Our Love Song” feat. Gary Clark Jr. and “Can’t Put It In The Hands of Fate” feat. Rapsody, Cordae, Chika, and Busta Rhymes are both available now. Click the song titles to stream or buy each track.