Talib Kweli & Jay Electronica Release A Song Meant To Bring All Of Us Together (Video)
The latest example of Hip-Hop artists bringing awareness through their art to the brutality of some law enforcement is Talib Kweli’s “All Of Us” visual. Featuring Jay Electronica, Yummy Bingham, and directed by Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman, the video illustrates police intimidating communities of color. It also portrays a shooting of an unarmed Black man and the effects the incident subsequently has on his family.
What makes the video a bit different from similar displays is that it provides context behind the police officer’s mind-state ahead of the shooting and what could’ve come from this situation, had he not killed the man. It’s an example of part of the song’s chorus: “It’s happening to all of us.”
“The trust and faith that Kweli put in me to share the story of a Black father and son dealing with the pain and tragedy of racism and police brutality was a huge responsibility as a listener of his art and a student of Hip-Hop,” Alsalman says of the video he directed in a statement published at 2DopeBoyz. “Our communities deal with the same problems, that stem from the same source of White Supremacy, Colonial misrule and abuse of power. I had an amazing conversation with [Talib] Kweli and had the privilege to tell this story which is an amalgamation of so many stories we see unfolding in America. We must come together and fight a common oppressor, tell stories that humanize people of color amidst violence and prejudice. This one is for the countless names that belong to souls taken too soon from Black families across The United States and Canada most recently leading to the unjust murder of Stephon Clark. God Bless The Dead and may we find justice in this life and the next. No Justice, No Peace.”
This is the latest video of Kweli’s that is sparking conversation. In February, he dropped a visual for “Radio Silence.” It’s off his eighth solo studio album of the same name (championed by Ambrosia For Heads as one of the best of 2017) and reveals the powerful imagery of hanging an American on a tree by a noose. He also dropped visuals for “Traveling Light,” featuring Anderson .Paak, and “Heads Up Eyes Open,” with Rick Ross.