Just days after the second anniversary of the night ex-Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, rapper Vic Mensa offered a sobering interpretation of the controversial shooting with the video for his hard-hitting “16 Shots.”
Just as the song’s lyrics take down McDonald’s shooting and Chicago officials’ apparent cover-up of details and the infamous dashcam video of his death, the “16 Shots” music video also condemns police violence with blistering intensity. Intercut with the dashcam footage are shots of Mensa rapping while enduring successive waves of police beatings, tasings and gunshots—only to get back up each time, shocking the officers. The video ends with a dancer’s poetic re-creation of McDonald’s movements prior to and during the shooting.
Mensa premiered the Tidal-exclusive video on Saturday (October 22) with a screening at Chicago’s Millenium Park during a “Justice for Laquan” rally. He published several live videos of him and other rally participants confronting on-duty officers during the rally.
Watch the “16 Shots” video below and let us know what you think in the comments.