Earlier today (September 23), T.I. dropped a surprise EP, Us or Else, comprised entirely of socially conscious songs focusing on racial injustice and police brutality. Among the politically charged tracks is “War Zone,” which Tip released a video for earlier this month, and “Black Man,” which has now received a similarly powerful visual.
The black-and-white video features Meek Mill, Migos’s Quavo, and RaRa, who are seen handing off a backpack while delivering verses about resistance and restlessness. Meek mourns inside a funeral home, while Quavo runs from the cops after being pulled over, asking them, “Is it because of my people? / Is it because of my sneakers? / Is it because of my jersey? / Is it because that I’m perfect?” T.I. comes through with the final verse, as all four artists are seen joining a group of Black Lives Matter movement protestors.
T.I. announced This Is Us via Twitter with the hashtag #RIPTerenceCrutcher — a nod to the Oklahoma man killed by police in Tulsa this week — and said it was made in response to “the repeated deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police.” The EP was released exclusively through Tidal and is available to stream in full below (no subscription required).