A few years ago, Heems, the former Das Racist member, and Riz MC, better known to most as the movie and TV star Riz Ahmed, teamed up to form the rap duo Swet Shop Boys. Last year, they came out with the stirring, swaggering debut album Cashmere. And today, they’ve made a dark and provocative video for its single “Zayn Malik.” In the Broken Antenna-directed clip, Heems, Riz, and other young Asian folks mob together on London street corers, shooting off fireworks while drones circle them. If you’re just watching it as a badass rap video, it’ll work that way. But there is obviously a ton of subtext about how brown people just found even more reasons to be nervous in the West. Check it out below.
Cashmere is out now on the duo’s own label Customs.