Vic Mensa released his highly anticipated video for his single “16 Shots”. The record is off of his latest EP “There’s A lot Going On”.
Exclusively on Tidal, you can view the video below. It has become the unofficial anthem to the Laquan McDonald shooting. Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times before killing him.
Mensa was set to premiere his music video with those who joined him and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CPAC) last night in Chicago. The protest and march was set to end with an exclusive viewing of the music video. Speaking with officials, CPD officers didn’t allow the LCD truck to pull up next to the demonstrators not allowing for the viewing. Another time and location was set for Mensa to screen the video with fans but that too also was prevented by the CPD.
“16 Shots” is bold telling of a single incident that the world is too familiar with. The gritty truth is captured by Mensa. Using the actually recording of the shooting (not the death) creates and highlights the shocking truth that many aren’t aware of. The beautifully crafted story amplifies its message against the police and it’s political repression.