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21 Savage Makes A Statement in “Nothin New” Video

Autumn Lewis, Reporter

Rapper 21-Savage released the visuals for one of his singles off his debut album “Issa” last Thursday.

The song, “Nothin’ New,” and the music video touches on a sensitive yet different subject for the proclaimed trap rapper.

“They thought I only rapped about murder and pistols, I’m tryna feed my family, I ain’t being political,” the rapper states in the song.

But this video did in fact shed more light on a political issue that is prevalent in America. Police brutality and use of excessive force towards blacks is the main theme of the video.

The video, shot by iNightLyfe in collaboration with FoolWithTheCamera, features footage from the Black Lives Matters protests, newsreels highlighting multiple black individuals being shot dead by police, and clips of people speaking about racism and injustice towards blacks.

It also features snippets of Colin Kaepernick, Barack Obama, and Lebron James speaking out about Donald Trump after the recent NFL clash on Twitter.

The video’s main storyline shows a kid who robs a cornerstore for food due to dire circumstances at home. The kid is later gunned down by a police officer.

Throughout the video, 21 Savage stands in the rain with a black umbrella and all-black clothing at what appears to be a funeral, possibly the funeral of the adolescent who was gunned down.

This song from 21 Savage’s “Issa” album is a definitive stand out amidst his usual “trap anthems,”due to the very relevant subject matter.

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