DEF JAM RECORDINGS / UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
RELEASE THE ORIGINAL SONG
“SEE WHAT YOU’VE DONE”
FROM THE DOCUMENTARY FILM ‘BELLY OF THE BEAST’
PERFORMED BY OSCAR-NOMINATED, GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST/ACTRESS MARY J. BLIGE
WRITTEN BY MARY J. BLIGE, NOVA WAV, & DJ CAMPER
(October 16, 2020—Los Angeles, CA)—Def Jam Recordings/Universal Music Group is thrilled to announce the release of the original song “See What You’ve Done” from Emmy® and Peabody award-winning director Erika Cohn’s documentary film Belly of the Beast. The song is performed and co-written by Academy Award®-nominated and GRAMMY®-winning artist Mary J. Blige, in collaboration with GRAMMY®-winning record producer and songwriting duo Nova Wav (Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney) and GRAMMY®-winning producer/songwriter DJ Camper. The powerful anthem “See What You’ve Done,” is available on all major streaming platforms today, October 16, in conjunction with the film’s U.S. theatrical release. Belly of the Beast will have its television debut on PBS on November 23.
At the 2018 Academy Awards, Mary J. Blige made history by becoming the first person to have been nominated in both an acting category and for Original Song in the same year (for best supporting actress and original song for Mudbound). Mary J. Blige said: “I am honored to have co-written a song for the powerful documentary film, Belly of the Beast. I was so moved by the film and Kelli Dillon’s story. I immediately knew I wanted to be involved, so I teamed up with Nova Wav and DJ Camper to write a song that would amplify the voices of women in prison. No one has the right to make decisions about a woman’s body without her consent and ‘See What You’ve Done’ is an indictment, a testimony, a call to be strong, and an anthem for a movement whose work isn’t done yet.” Kelli Dillon, the film’s protagonist, a survivor of domestic and state violence, and community intervention specialist, was humbled by Mary J. Blige’s interest in the film: “I cried when I first listened to the song. When I heard the passion behind her voice, it affirmed my strength, my ability to survive what happened, and fight.” Director Erika Cohn said: “I could not be more honored to have Mary J. Blige involved as the musical voice of our film. With deep emotional resonance, she so exquisitely centers the song, ‘See What You’ve Done,’ from the perspective of survivors, paying tribute to their strength. Both musically and lyrically, it reflects Kelli’s ongoing pursuit of justice and demands reparation for people who were illegally sterilized in women’s prisons.” Belly of the Beast is now playing virtually in theatres across the country, with tickets available here and on each theatre’s website. Viewers can pick which theatre they would like to purchase the film from, and half of their purchase goes to the theatre of their choosing. 20% of proceeds from each theatrical venue will support a grassroots reproductive justice, prison abolition or racial justice organization.