During many of the recent anti-police brutality protests in places like Ferguson and Baltimore, Lil Boosie’s 2009 mixtape track “Fuck The Police” has become a street-level anthem, a thing to chant when you’re facing down a phalanx of riot cops. Since recording that track, Boosie, who now uses the name Boosie BadAzz, has served a lengthy prison sentence of his own, and his forthcoming album Touchdown 2 Cause Hell includes an explicit protest track called “Hands Up.” The new “Hands Up” video starts out with images of the recent protests and riots, and then it goes back in time — to New York, to Ferguson, to all the protests and killings in years past. It’s a hard video to watch, and it includes footage of the actual murders of Eric Garner and Walter Scott. Boosie never appears, and he doesn’t need to; it’s plenty cathartic enough without him. If you can watch a video like this without feeling something, I don’t know what to tell you. Child Basquiat put the video together, and you can watch it below.
Touchdown 2 Cause Hell is out 5/26 on Atlantic.