Landon Knox Speaks on Blatant Oppression With His Single “Tell Me Why”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, the rapper, songwriter, and producer Landon Knox drop his meaningful single “Tell Me Why.” Going from homelessness to meetings with labels, Landon Knox’s music serves messages to the misunderstood and lets them know that light will soon shine through.

With his recent single “Tell Me Why,” Landon Knox finds his own words to express systemic oppression and racism that he hasn’t experienced, but has unfortunately seen through his friends. With a mid-tempo hip-hop beat that keeps the track sonically steady, Landon Knox brings in many textured bars that let you sit back and think about what you can do to induce change. “Tell Me Why” opens with a sampled guitar that transitions into a heavy mid-tempo hip-hop beat. Keeping this vibe flowing, Landon Knox begins rapping with such clarity and pulls in messages of inequality and the disgraceful actions that police officers have set upon people of color. A highlighted lyric that sums up the track would be, “Tell me why I get off with a warning… but all of my homies get a stop and frisk when the only probable cause is melanin”.

Using his privilege to help induce change amongst the ignorance his race can portray, Landon Knox uses his platform to do his part in the BLM movement. He shows unlimited support to his friends, acquaintances, and even strangers who’ve been wronged by the authorities. A track full of honesty, reality, and the change we need to set, Landon Knox’s “Tell Me Why” is nothing short of humanitarianism.

You can find "Tell Me Why" here.

Hey Landon Knox, welcome to BuzzMusic! We’re loving each and every lyric within your latest genuine single “Tell Me Why”. What initially pulled you to create a song that helps realize how common racism is, and tells a story towards change?

Thank you for having me!! I originally wrote the song in 2014 after Eric Garner's passing but sat on it because I felt like it wasn’t my place to speak. After years and years of unrelenting police brutality, I had to say something. Being a white man, I'll never understand what my friends or other Black Americans go through, but I can express my support by using my voice to make music and donating the proceeds that come along with it to an organization dedicated to helping black lives.

Your single “Tell Me Why” truly speaks volumes, seeing as Landon Knox hasn't experienced racism yet is adamant to stopping these treacherous acts. What was your songwriting process like when crafting lyrics that tell your own story, yet also emphasizes the overall theme of racism and inequality?

I just spoke from the heart. I was honest. Whenever I start writing, it just flows and I try not to think too hard about it. The most natural and moving songs tend to write themselves. At the time, I was pissed off. I was angry at the police and society as a whole. I was embarrassed about being born into privilege and wanted to do something about it. My most powerful tool is my voice, so I decided to use it.  

With the strong Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the continent, how does Landon Knox intend to continue using his platform to raise awareness and support for the movement, and black lives everywhere?

I will continue to keep my foot on the gas and to stand up for what's right. These large scale issues don't solve themselves overnight. Reform takes time and effort, and it doesn't stop when the social media posts stop. Are you donating money? Are you calling up your local government? Are you protesting? Any action is significant. As long as you are doing your part, change will come and justice will be served.

We’ve heard that Landon Knox went from homelessness to label meetings, a very big step. What have your experiences from working your way up the ladder taught you, and how are these themes reflected in your music?

My experiences are everything - I wouldn't be who I am without them. I've learned that patience and persistence go hand in hand. I'm grateful for the opportunity to channel my life through my music and I hope that the stories I tell both resonate and inspire someone to overcome whatever they're going through. There’s a great Mark Frost quote that goes “…there is no light without darkness…without it, how else would we tell one from the other?” I just want people to know they're not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

What's next for you?

More music!! I have a big year lined up for you all and I intend to keep it pushing and staying consistent. Who knows where this thing will go!!