Vic Mensa released the visuals to his single, "We Could Be Free," on Monday, and the video is a timely tribute to the hope for a more peaceful tomorrow in the face of society's current turmoil. The 24-year-old rapper went on-air with Beats 1 Radio's Zane Lowe to discuss the video, with Lowe calling the song, "One of, if not the cornerstone to some degree of your last album." Mensa's debut album, The Autobiography, dropped back in July of 2017 and has earned him an NAACP Image nomination for Best New Artist.
"There's a lot of division, based on a lot of fear. I wanted to present an alternative, without fear, and that's what the song, 'We Could Be Free' represents," Mensa told Lowe.
The video opens up with imagery of a baby inside a mother's womb, and is followed shortly after by the scene of the expectant mother getting punched in the face by a police officer during a protest. It's a powerful opening scene that shows the duality of the world as he raps about wanting us to see "our enemies as our brothers."
Vic also reached out to the fans via social media to find out their ideas on what we need to do to be free. He posted a video asking others to share their ideas with the hashtag #WeCouldBeFreeIf and has been reposting some of his favorite responses.
Watch the video for "We Could Be Free" now exclusively on Apple Music.