T.I. & Teyana Taylor Hunt Traffickers & Abusers In A Powerful New Video
T.I. recently dropped a 12-plus-minute double video for the songs “You” and “Be There” off of 2018’s DIME TRAP album. While many recording artists claim their visuals “are a movie,” the “You (Be There)” vid’ may deliver on that promise with higher production value. More importantly, Grand Hustle’s head honcho uses this opportunity to highlight a serious and significant plight of his city: child m*lestation and sex tr*fficking.
The video is directed by Teyana Taylor, who is also the guest vocalist on “You.” For the short film music video, the G.O.O.D. Music artist is credits herself as Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor. While it may seem bold to compare her work to acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, it will only take one viewing to see that last year’s K.T.S.E. creator is quite gifted on both sides of the lens.
The plot of the movie concerns childhood sweethearts who have grown up to be vigilantes that exact revenge on abusers and traffickers. The viewers see them g*n down a pastor accused of m*lestation. They shoot him in the middle of a sermon, to the shock and horror of his congregation. This settled score only marks the beginning of their vengeful killing spree. Next, they off three men running a human tr*fficking ring. Another pastor who abuses children follows, as well as a crooked officer of the law.
When the video transitions from “You” to “Be There,” the viewer learns that these angels of vengeance have a very personal reason for their rampage. It turns out their closest friend when they were kids committed s*icide after being assaulted by an adult. The story ends not unlike a Greek tragedy.
Notably, this poignant mini-movie starts with a quote from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “In this city, Atlanta has become a hub for human tr*fficking. Innocent children are simply being sold for sex. Evil people committing evil deeds all to turn a profit.” To hammer the point home, the visual ends with some alarming statistics: “3,600 minors are sold into sex slavery every year in the state of Georgia. 1 out of every 10 sexual abuse survivors will never tell. Depending on the length/frequency of an abused child, the risk of suicidal behavior becomes greater.”
Hopefully, this memorable video raises awareness about this alarming epidemic.
DIME TRAP also features Anderson .Paak, Jeezy, and Meek Mill, among others.