Buddy Focuses on America's Appropriation of Black Culture With "Black 2" Music Video

Inspired by Malcolm X’s iconic 1964 ‘Life Magazine’ photograph.

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Los Angeles born and raised rapper Buddy returns with his new “Black 2” music video following the single’s release back in June at the height of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests throughout the United States. The track is a sequel to his collaboration with A$AP Ferg from his 2018 studio project Harlan & Alondra.

Upon its release last month, the cover art was a direct homage to the famous photograph taken by Don Hogan Charles for a March 1964 issue of Life Magazine of Malcolm X pulling back the hotel curtains with his left hand and holding a M1 Carbine in his right. The music video continues that aesthetic with Buddy calling out America’s appropriation of Black culture through images of stereotypes and tropes. “Everybody wanna be black, but don’t nobody wanna be a n*gga,” he repeats through the refrain. Buddy pays tribute to Black nationalist movements during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, delves into the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses and more. The track is upbeat and contrasts the subject matter as Buddy grows more frustrated throughout the song.

Watch Buddy’s latest visual above and stream the track below. In more music updates, Drake and Headie One connected for a new song and accompanying visual “Only You Freestyle”.

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