Big Sean Shines A Light On Those Losing Their Lives To Senseless Violence (Video)
While it might seem like ages ago, it has only been 3 months since Big Sean released his excellent album, I Decided. As the title implies, the album is about the effects decisions can have on one’s life, and nowhere is that more evident than on his song, “The Light,” which features Jeremih. Sean opens the record rapping “Look, I spent my whole life trynin’ to improvise/I’m not saying that sh*t for you to sympathize/Spent my whole life tryin’ to find the light that’s at the end of the tunnel/I should have realized it was inside/So lately I been trying to get what’s inside outside.”
For the visual to the song, Sean takes the concept one step further, depicting 3 scenarios in which reckless or malicious decisions cost innocent people their lives. The video commences with a scene of kids playing in a backyard with toy guns. In the front of the house, likely located in Los Angeles, another child is caught in the cross-fire of a shootout between gang members. The second scene features the oh-too-familiar scenario of police shooting unarmed young Black men. For the third verse, the victim is a woman who succumbs to a seemingly random robbery. In each case, their souls are collected by a light beam, to be transported to a better place.
Sean included a statement about the video with its release, via his Instagram account:
“We shot this video a couple months ago and sucks to see these scenes are still consistently playing out in real life…even down to this week. It’s disheartening sometimes to see that not much has changed when it comes to hate, police brutality n just overall people losing their lives too early. But when I wrote this song, it was to reassure myself that no matter what happens, they can’t take away our Soul, our confidence, our ideas, n all that makes us shine. This song isn’t a single but is still super important to me, so I paid for a lot of this outta pocket to make sure we got this out. Rest in peace to all those who have lost life due to senseless actions. As I always say, each one of us have the power to make a change, it starts within….the inner Light.”