On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Vic Mensa delivers a thought-provoking and socially-charged video for “We Could Be Free,” a Ty Dolla $ign-assisted collaboration f his debut album The Autobiography.
The visual begins with the image a baby inside his mother’s stomach, but that peaceful and joyous image is quickly disrupted by a police ficer, who strikes the woman to the ground with a forceful blow in the midst a protest. Powerful images follow, including a white police ficer shooting an unarmed black man from the back.
Mensa visited Beats 1 to discuss the visual, which is currently exclusive to Apple Music. “There’s a lot division based on a lot fear and I wanted to present an alternative that was without fear. That’s what the song represents,” he said, before explaining the imagery.
“At the beginning, you have this infant in the womb, a safe space, you would think, but you’re hearing the turmoil outside,” he added. “You have all these different scenes distorted around me turmoil in the world.” Those disturbing scenes are juxtaposed with a peaceful Mensa, standing beside human beings from all walks life.
“One day, I believe I’d learn / To see my enemy as my brother,” he sings. “Then we could be free, truly / And love could wash away our sorrows / I’m not afraid to bleed / If it means we’ll make a better today, not tomorrow.”
Watch the moving visual for ‘We Could Be Free’