Singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul shares his powerful new song “What Makes a Man” and its accompanying video. Available now at all digital retailers ,”What Makes a Man” is the first single from Raffoul’s upcoming album International Hotel, due out via Interscope Records on August 28. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of “What Makes a Man.”
Sparsely arranged but full of raw feeling, “What Makes a Man” is a profoundly moving protest song that speaks out against systemic racism in policing. As Raffoul explains, “What Makes a Man” was the final song written and recorded for International Hotel.
“I knew I wanted another song, and with so many important things going on in the world I was finding it hard to write another love song,” says Raffoul. “I thought about how since the quarantine started in March I had been driving my car around with expired plates for three months. I couldn’t get down to Nashville to get new tags, yet still I didn’t think twice about it. I can’t help but feel like that is a confidence that only privilege can give you.”