T.I. Rallies Against Police Brutality in New Video for "Black Man"

T.I. Rallies Against Police Brutality in New Video for "Black Man"

"We say black lives matter, you say all lives / But y'all ain't the ones gettin' hogtied," he raps, alongside Meek Mill, Quavo, and RaRa.

"We say black lives matter, you say all lives / But y'all ain't the ones gettin' hogtied," he raps, alongside Meek Mill, Quavo, and RaRa.

Text: Mariana Fernandez

After releasing a politically-charged six-song EP, Us or Else, on Friday, T.I. joins the list of artists fighting against police brutality this weekend with a powerful visual to accompany “Black Man,” the second track off the EP.

T.I. said the EP was recorded as a reaction to “the repeated deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police,” and comes just days after the police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.

The gospel-tinged, black and white video directed by Visual Authority Media features Meek Mill, Migos’ Quavo, and RaRa. It opens with the scene of Quavo getting pulled over in a traffic stop while the lyrics, "Is it because of my people? / Is it because of my sneakers? / Is it because of my jersey?" play out. The following scene sees Meek Mill in a church mourning how, “We seen too many brothers get put in caskets” and concludes with all four artists in a Black Lives Matter protest.

"There are millions of people, many who have supported me, who don't have the privilege of having a platform like mine,” the Atlanta rapper said in an accompanying statement. “This is my opportunity to be their voice, to bring attention to their suffering and my attempt to also right some wrongs. But I also want us to wake up and invest in ourselves and our communities."

“Black Man” comes months after the  “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America” campaign for which Beyoncé, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, Chris Brown, and more joined forced to send a message to President Obama and Congress about the unprecedented level of police killings of black people for doing non-violent things. Earlier this month, Jay Z too released a powerful op-ed in the New York Times calling the war on drugs an “epic fail” and discussing the racism embedded in law enforcement.

For now, "Black Man" is only available to watch on Tidal here. The Us or Else EP is also available for streaming exclusively on Tidal, even for non-subscribers. T.I. noted that a portion of the proceeds will go towards social justice organization Sankofa.org.

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