On the eve of one of the most controversial presidential elections in recent memory, Vic Mensa made sure to deliver a powerful message to the people last night on Jimmy Kimmel: “Tomorrow we have the biggest election of our lifetime, so you gotta get out and vote against hate.” Last night, the Chicago rapper performed an intense rendition of his politically-charged single, “16 Shots.” Half performance art, and half public service announcement, the performance saw the Savemoney rapper being antagonized by riot police on stage during his performance – a reference to the on-going race and police brutality dilemma in the U.S. He would eventually close the performance with this message:
“I’m a young black man from Chicago and I’m tired of not being able to trust the police. I want to have faith in the men and women sworn to protect me. I don’t want to see another 17 year old kid like Laquan McDonald murdered in the street. So when I hear a candidate talking about ‘law and order’, and ‘stop and frisk’ as the answer to our problems – you don’t know our problems in Chicago, and you damn sure don’t speak for us. Tomorrow we have the biggest election of our lifetime, so you gotta get out and vote against hate. Because Donald Trump is a racist, and if you don’t vote, racism wins.”
“16 Shots” can be found on Vic Mensa’s new There’s A Lot Going On EP here.