Music is conceivably one of the most impactful vehicles in which creatives can express their perspectives about the ever-growing list of issues in our world. And “SHELTER”, the newest team-up between Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper and Wyclef Jean is a direct reflection of that.
The powerful new track serves as an artistic method of addressing issues of racial injustice, overcriminalization, and underserved communities in America. When reflecting on the song, Mensa states, “Shelter is a spiritual note, a healing frequency…It was inspired not by Hollywood or Paris, but by what’s going on on the ground – in the real world, with the real people.”
The Windy City natives — Mensa and Chance — spit captivating verses that highlight injustices such as the incarceration of Julius Jones, as well as the wrongful police murders of innocent souls such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castille and more. Wyclef Jean‘s powerful voice delivers its contributions on the tune’s chorus.
Aligning with its release is a heart-touching visual directed by Andre Muir who accurately depicts the treacherous impact that the global pandemic has had on the Black community.
Peep the music video above, and note that the song acts as a teaser for Mensa‘s new project I TAPE which will be dropping later this year.
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