The song peers into the soul of a community literally under fire, acknowledging uncertainty and fear, yet defiant and unwilling to back down. Cutso layers a sinister beat with tolling siren effects, while Lyrics Born gruffly documents the repercussions of racist violence and rhetoric, as well as its physical and mental toll. It’s a powerful counterstrike that speaks directly to this moment.

“Anti” is cathartic and visceral, blowing up the stereotype that Asians are meek and quiet while amplifying a veteran Bay Area voice. The song follows a Bay Area tradition of artistic activism — from Sly Stone to Mistah F.A.B. — and adds their perspective to a growing, global coalition of artists using their platforms to decry Asian hate.