[VIDEO] T.I.’s New Video Re-Creates Police Killings, Making The Officers Black & The Victims White
T.I., the king of the south, has always been an outspoken rapper. He’s been known to speak out on social issues and injustices, and his latest song, Warzone, is no different.
Though “political” may not be one of the foremost adjectives used when describing his style, one would be remiss to ignore his recent song and its video, “We Will Not.” Visually, it’s a collection of photographs depicting images of protest (including one of Sean Price’s late wife, Bernadette, and Duck Down artists at a recent rally) and historic civil rights figures emanating from the television while T.I. languishes on the couch under the weight of today’s political climate. Lyrically, it’s one of his heaviest offerings to date featuring lines like “we sick of the garbage you kickin’ and teachin’/And lynchin’ us, lockin’ us up for no reason/And killin’ us, no consequences, convictions, you serious?”
But that isn’t the only recent song from T.I. that serves as an indictment of current domestic affairs. In fact, it’s not even the only one to arrive this summer. “Warzone” arrived on Tidal earlier this month and it, too, takes a no-holds-barred look at life in America as a person of color. However, this time around, T.I. has brought a more cinematic approach to its video, providing viewers with a vision of what the world would look like if White citizens became the target of police violence with the same frequency and inconsequential repercussions as do people of color in real life. Although entirely fictional (whereas “We Will Not” pulls directly from historical imagery), “Warzone” is no less visceral and in facts begins with a warning reading “due to the graphic nature of this video, viewer discretion is advised.”