Joey Bada$$ – “Like Me” (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) Video

For one of the slower, jazzier numbers on his debut album B4.DA.$$, Joey Bada$$ enlisted BJ The Chicago Kid, an incredibly slept-on crooner out of (duh) Chicago. BJ handles the hook and other melodious flair for “Like Me,” and the dark subject matter of the video benefits from his plush vocals. Last year saw an outpouring of media attention on the unwarranted shootings of young black men by police, and the visuals tackle that topic head-on. Embroiled in a love triangle, Joey ends up held at gunpoint by his girl’s ex, then escapes when police shoot both of them during the chaos. Later, police find him again and shoot when he tries to flee the scene. But death is not the end, and a resurrection sequence spurred on by halos of white light around the fallen unfolds. Watch the moving visual by director Nathan R. Smith below.

B4.DA.$$ is out now on Cinematic/Pro Era.